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  • Writer's pictureD. Brit

House Dems Call To Impeach Trump For "Incitement of Insurrection"

What's Happening:

  • On Monday, House Democrats unveiled a single article of impeachment against President Trump charging him with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week's riots at the US Capitol.

  • The article focuses on Trump's repeated unproven claims that he "won the election" as well as his speech to a crowd of Pro-Trump protesters on January 6th in which he directed them to march to the Capitol.

  • The Pro-Trump protest was originally peaceful but devolved into violence when hundreds of the protesters broke through barriers surrounding the US Capitol and invaded the building. Lawmakers were evacuated and there was an armed standoff which resulted in multiple injuries, dozens of arrests and at least 5 deaths.

  • The resolution continues, "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."

  • On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) told House Democrats that they would move forward with impeachment unless Vice President Pence and Trump's cabinet invoked the 25th Amendment and removed President Trump from office for the remainder of his term. Pelosi is calling on Pence to respond within 24 hours or they will begin impeachment proceedings.

  • If impeached, Trump would become the first President to face impeachment proceedings twice. In December of 2019, the House impeached Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, however, the then GOP-controlled Senate acquitted him of both charges last February.

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