Democrats file impeachment article accusing Trump of inciting attack on Capitol

A trio of House Democrats close to leadership on Monday introduced a single article of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpOutgoing Capitol Police chief accuses House, Senate security officials of hindering efforts to call in National Guard: WaPo PGA announces plans to move 2022 championship from Trump property Former Democratic senator: Biden Justice Department may investigate Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement MORE, charging him with inciting a mob of his supporters to carry out a violent attack on the Capitol in a bid to overturn Joe BidenJoe BidenOutgoing Capitol Police chief accuses House, Senate security officials of hindering efforts to call in National Guard: WaPo PGA announces plans to move 2022 championship from Trump property Former Democratic senator: Biden Justice Department may investigate Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement MORE’s election victory.

The article, co-authored by Reps. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillinePelosi: Democrats will move to impeach Trump Trump stares down new impeachment threat Democrats poised to impeach Trump again MORE (R-I.), Ted LieuTed W. LieuPelosi: Democrats will move to impeach Trump Trump stares down new impeachment threat Capitol riots spark fear of Trump’s military powers in final days MORE (Calif.) and Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinPelosi: Democrats will move to impeach Trump Clyburn says House may hold articles of impeachment until after Biden’s first 100 days Coons: Trump has ‘lost the right to be president’ MORE (Md.), states that Trump engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” 

In a speech outside the White House before Wednesday’s assault, Trump falsely claimed that he had won the election and urged thousands of his fans to march to the Capitol to support his GOP allies, using phrases like “you have to show strength” and “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

Five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, were killed as the pro-Trump mob stormed the building to stop House and Senate lawmakers from certifying the Electoral College results. The Capitol now is the scene of a federal murder investigation.

Threats were heard against Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePelosi: Democrats will move to impeach Trump Trump orders flags to half-staff in honor of Capitol Police officers Marriott to cut off donations to Republicans who opposed Electoral College count after riot MORE and individual lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMost of 120 arrested or identified at Capitol riot were longtime Trump supporters: AP analysis Pelosi gives ’60 Minutes’ tour of her vandalized office Pelosi: Democrats will move to impeach Trump MORE (D-Calif.).

“[I]ncited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to … interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts,” the impeachment article states.

“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United states and its institutions of Government He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transfer of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”

Pelosi has told Democrats they will move forward with an impeachment vote immediately if Pence and the Cabinet does not invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from power.

Upping the pressure on Pence and the Republicans, Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerCapitol riots spark fear of Trump’s military powers in final days House chairman: Biden Pentagon pick ‘shares my commitment to civilian control of the military’ Lawmakers, leaders offer condolences following the death of Capitol Police officer MORE (D-Md.) during Monday’s brief pro-forma session requested that a Raskin’s 25th Amendment resolution be passed by unanimous consent. That resolution calls on Pence to “convene and mobilize” the Cabinet and vote to strip Trump of his powers.

But Rep. Alex MooneyAlexander (Alex) Xavier MooneyREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results GOP rep introduces resolution to condemn lawmakers calling for Trump to concede ‘prematurely’ House Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members MORE (R-W.Va.), a Trump ally, objected.

After the exchange, Hoyer told reporters that the full House will stage a vote on the Raskin resolution on Tuesday. The impeachment vote could come as early as Wednesday, he said, but that timeline could slip later in the week.

“I think we should pass it and the Senate should take it up immediately,” Cicilline said.





Source: The Hills

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