House Democrats have officially introduced a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump on a single charge of “incitement of insurrection” for his alleged role in the incident that took place at the United States Capitol on January 6. This could make President Donald Trump the first president in United States history to face impeachment twice, but the House needs to take a vote on it sometime later this week. The first impeachment of Donald Trump was not successful.
This new impeachment is taking place just nine days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, in which President Trump has stated he will not attend.
The resolution was introduced by Democrats David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Ted Lieu of California. Part of the resolution states the following: “In all this, 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 transition 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,” as reported on CNN.
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The 14th Amendment is also mentioned, in that it “prohibits any person who has ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion against’ the United States” from holding a position of power in office.
Democrats have also pressured Vice President Mike Pence into invoking the 25th Amendment in hopes to have President Trump removed from office, taking his power away. However, the Republicans decided against that and blocked the Democrats and their request to remove Trump by using that method.
The impeachment charge references Trump’s continuous false claims that he won the election and somewhat suggest that his speech on January 6th might have sparked the breach on the Capitol by his supporters. The impeachment charge will also reference the leaked phone call with Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, in which Trump discussed the election results of Georgia, fraud, and wanted to find 11,780 votes – just enough to place him above opponent Joe Biden.
The president has since filed a lawsuit over the leaked phone call.
President Trump has been banned on multiple social media platforms and services since the acts on January 6th by his supporters.
Photo: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead