WASHINGTON (AP) – Ready to run for impeachment, the House on Monday went ahead with a plan to remove President Donald Trump from office, warning that he was a threat to democracy and the Vice President and Cabinet an extraordinary move to remove Trump Pushing to act even faster in effort. In the last days of his presidency.
Trump faces a charge – “instigation of rebellion” – following the deadly Capitol riot in impeachment motion The debate will begin in the House on Wednesday.
At the same time, the FBI warned on Monday about possible armed protests. Washington and many states Trump loyalists preceded the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden, January 20. In a dark foreboding, the Washington Monument was closed to the public amid threats of disintegration. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf abruptly resigned.
Trump’s presidency as Democrats all added stunning final moments and a growing number of Republicans announced he was unfit for office and could do more damage after provoking a mob that violently killed the US Capitol Robbed on Wednesday.
“President Trump seriously endangers the security of the United States and the government’s own institutions,” reads the four-page impeachment bill.
“He will be a threat to national security, democracy and the constitution if he is allowed to continue in office,” it reads.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling lawmakers back to Washington for a vote, and Democrats are not the only ones who say Trump needs to go.
Republican Sen. Pat Tomé of Pennsylvania joined GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska over the weekend, calling for Trump to “get away as soon as possible.”
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., On Monday encouraged House GOP colleagues to “vote their conscience”, with one person calling for anonymity to discuss a private call. She has criticized Trump’s actions, but has not said publicly how she would vote.
Pending the impeachment, the Democrats called on Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet for their constitutional right to remove Trump from office before the inauguration day under the 25th Amendment.
His Democrat House proposal was blocked by Republicans. However, the entire House will hold a roll call vote on Tuesday, and it is expected to pass. After that, Pelosi said, Pence would have 24 hours to respond. After this, impeachment proceedings will take place.
Pence has given no indication that he is ready to move forward on a course included in the 25th Amendment.
A senior official said that he and Trump met late Monday for the first time since the Capitol attack.
Trump and Pence had a “good conversation” in the Oval Office that had been in discussion the week before, and they pledged to continue working for their remaining terms, the official said, to discuss a private meeting Talked on condition of anonymity.
No cabinet member publicly called for Trump’s removal, although the 25th Amendment.
As security tightened, Biden said on Monday he was “not afraid” to take the oath of office outside – as is traditionally done in the western steps of the Capitol, one of the areas where people have seen the building Had attacked
For the rioters, Biden said, “It is critically important that there will be a real serious focus on capturing and treasoning those people and threatening public property, protecting public property that has caused a lot of damage – that they have Should be held accountable. “
Biden said he had conversations with senators ahead of a possible impeachment trial that, some worried, would cloud the early days of his administration.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer was looking for ways to summon the Senate for a trial immediately after the House proceedings, although Republican leader Mitch McConnell would need to agree. The presidential-election suggested dividing the Senate time, perhaps “go half a day to deal with impeachment, half a day after my people are nominated and confirmed in the Senate, plus more to move forward on the package”. For COVID relief.
As the Congress resumed on Monday, an uneasy government swept through. More MPs tested positive for COVID-19 after taking refuge during the siege. And new security officers were quickly installed after the Capitol Police Chief and others were left out of the attack on the iconic dome of democracy. Some GOP lawmakers received a public setback for their efforts on the day of the riot, including Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who was trying to reverse Biden’s election.
House Majority Leader Stany Hoyer, D-MD, introduced the 25th amendment proposal during Monday’s brief session. It was blocked by Rep. Alex Mooney, RW.Va, as other GOP lawmakers stood by him.
Pelosi said Republicans were pushing for Trump’s “untrained, untenable and deranged actions to continue.” Their complexity threatens America, wrecks our democracy, and it must end.
However, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, Trump’s ally, said in a letter to allies that “impeachment will have the opposite effect of bringing our country together at this time.”
He said he would review the president’s possible term. But House Republicans are divided and some may vote for impeachment.
Reps’ impeachment bill, David Sicilyn of Rhode Island, Ted Liu of California, Jamie Ruskin of Maryland and Jerrold Nadler of New York drew from Trump’s own election defeat to Biden’s statements.
Judges across the country, including some named by Trump, have repeatedly rejected cases challenging the election results, and Trump’s Attorney General William Burr said there was no indication of widespread fraud.
The impeachment law also details Trump’s pressure on state officials in Georgia to “find” more votes, as well as his White House rally ahead of the Capitol siege, in which he told thousands of supporters “like hell and march” last Wednesday Fighting “. To the building.
The crowd pressured the police, broke through security lines and windows and ran through the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to disperse as they finalized Biden’s victory over Trump at Electoral College .
While some have questioned the president’s impeachment, Democrats and others at the end of his term argue that he should be held accountable and prevented from holding public office in the future. He will be the only President to seek impeachment twice.
House Democrats are considering a strategy for a 100-day delay in sending impeachment articles to the Senate for the trial, allowing Biden to focus on other priorities.
There is precedent for impeachment after the official office. In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, Secretary of War William Belknap was impeached by the House on the day he resigned, and the Senate went to trial months later. He was acquitted.
Sen. Ben-Saas, R-Neb., Said he would take a look at any article sent by the House. Repeated Trump’s critic, Adam Kinzinger, R-Il. Said they would “vote properly” if the matter was put before them.
“We now have the votes to bring impeachment,” House effort leader Sicilin tweeted on Monday, including 213 cosponsors and personal commitments.
Barrow reported from Willington, Delaware. Associated Press authors Alan Fram, Jill Colvin, Ellen Naikmeier, Tom Beaumont and Darlene Superville contributed to this report.