WASHINGTON — With just days left in the Trump administration, the stage is being set Monday for a second impeachment of the U.S. president for his actions ahead of the deadly rampage in Washington last week.
As the House prepares for impeachment, President Donald Trump faces a single charge — “incitement of insurrection” — over the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a draft of the articles obtained by The Associated Press.
Lawmakers are set to introduce the legislation Monday, with voting mid-week. Pelosi’s leadership team also will seek a quick vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power, or the Democrats will move forward with impeaching him.
The four-page impeachment bill draws from Trump’s own false statements about his election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden; his pressure on state officials in Georgia to “find” him more votes; and his White House rally ahead of the Capitol siege, in which he encouraged thousands of supporters to “fight like hell” before they stormed the building on Wednesday.
A violent and largely white mob of Trump supporters overpowered police, broke through security lines and windows and rampaged through the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to scatter as they were finalizing Biden’s victory over Trump in the Electoral College.
“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” the legislation said.
The bill from Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Ted Lieu of California, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Jerrold Nadler of New York, said Trump threatened “the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power” and “betrayed” trust.
“He will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office,” they wrote.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will proceed with legislation to impeach Trump as she pushes the vice president and the Cabinet to invoke constitutional authority to force him out, warning that Trump is a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on the Capitol.
“We will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat,” Pelosi said in a letter late Sunday to colleagues.
“The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
House Democrats have brought forward one article of impeachment under the charge of incitement of insurrection following last week’s riot on Capitol Hill.
A violent and largely white mob of Trump supporters overpowered police, broke through security lines and windows and rampaged through the Capitol on Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to scatter as they were finalizing Biden’s victory over Trump in the Electoral College.
At least five people died as a result of the violence, including a police officer who succumbed to his injuries from the riots.
Meanwhile, there’s chatter on social media platforms, like Twitter and Parler, about the potential for more violence in Washington D.C. in the days ahead.
Trump supporters are planning for another riot for Jan. 17 and a “Million Militia March” is also being planned for Biden’s inauguration day on Jan. 20.
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked Americans not to come to the city as part of inauguration preparations.
Over the weekend, there were more arrests of those involved in the deadly riot and storming of the Capitol building.