WASHINGTON (AP) – Warnings, Democrats in Congress plan rapid impeachment of President Donald Trump, demanding decisive, immediate action to ensure an “unarmed” commander does not damage or ignite nuclear weapons. Could not add war in his last days in office.
As the country makes reference to the violent siege of the US Capitol by Trump supporters, in which five people were releasedThe seeming crisis between the last acts of his presidency has been as deep as some other periods in the nation’s history. Less than two weeks until he is gone, Democrats want him out – now – and he has some guards speaking out for him in his own Republican Party.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took action on a private conference call with Democrats on Friday.
And Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a prominent Republican, told the Anchorage Daily News that Trump simply “needs to get out.”
The final days of Trump’s presidency are rolling towards a chaotic end as he is shunned by many allies, top Republicans and cabinet members in the White House. After refusing to give up in the November election, he has now promised a smooth transfer of power when Democratic President-Elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20. But still, he says he will not attend the inauguration – the first such presidential contender since the Civil War.
In Congress, where many have watched and spent four years as president and to break the norms and test the nation’s protections of democracy, Democrats take only further days in their tenure with only a few days to go. Are not ready for The devastation in the Capitol on Wednesday shocked the world and threatened a traditional peaceful transfer of power.
Pelosi said that he had spoken to the United Nations Chief of Staff General Mark Miley. He discussed the precautions available to prevent military hostilities for nuclear war or to prevent it from reaching the launch code. He said that Mill assured that his long-term security measures were safe.
The president has the sole authority to order a nuclear weapon to be launched, but a military commander can reject this order if it was determined to be illegal. Trump has not publicly made such threats, but officials have warned the president of grave danger if he is uncontrolled.
Pelosi said of the current situation, “This undecided president could not be more dangerous.”
Meanwhile, Biden said she is focused on her job as she prepares to assume the position. When asked about the impeachment, he said, “This is a decision for the Congress.”
Democrats are considering lightning-fast action. In a draft of his articles of impeachment, Trump has been accused of misuse of power, saying he made “statements that were enthusiastically encouraged – and imminent lawless action in the Capitol,” according to a person familiar with the details , Which was given anonymity for discussion. them.
The article is expected to be presented on Monday, as soon as the House goes to vote on Wednesday.
If Trump were to be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate, he could also be prevented from running for the presidency in 2024 or ever taking public office. He will be the only two-time impeachment president. One person on the call said Pelosi also discussed other ways Trump could be forced to resign.
According to information given by a colleague to reveal private discussions, senators from a bipartisan group called their own calls for Congress to consider options for action.
Not helpful, the White House argued. Trump spokesman Jude Deere said, “The politically motivated impeachment against the president in a 12-day term will only serve to divide his great country.”
Trump was retweeting on Friday, his Twitter account was reinstated following a brief ban, and retaliated on an offensive statement that his supporters should not be “insulted”, as he sent a video on Thursday In which violence was minimized. In the evening, Twitter said it was permanently suspending him from its platform, citing “risk of further flare-up” of violence.
The earliest the Senate begins impeachment litigation under the current calendar will be January 20, the inauguration day.
A negotiation in the Republican Senate at this late date would seem unlikely, though many Republicans were silent on the issue in a sign of Trump’s shattering of the party.
A Trump aide, Republican Minority Leader of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, while speaking, said, as did the White House that “only 12 days left in his term of president will only divide our country more.” “
McCarthy said he has reached out to Biden and plans to speak with the Democratic presidential-elect about working at “low temperatures”.
But Murkowski said she wants Trump to resign now, not to wait for Biden’s swearing in on January 20.
“I want him out,” she said in a telephone interview with the Anchorage newspaper.
Another prominent Republican critic of Trump, Sen. Ben Sass of Nebraska, said he would “certainly” consider impeachment.
Strong criticism of Trump, who urged protesters to march to the Capitol, continued unabated.
“Every day he stays in office, he’s a threat to the republic,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
Schiff, who led Trump’s impeachment in 2019, said in a statement that Trump “lit the fuse that exploded in the Capitol on Wednesday.”
Vermont’s Independent Sen. Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted that some people ask, why impeach a president who has just a few days left in office?
“Answer: precedent. It should be made clear that no president, now or in the future, can lead a rebellion against the American government,” Sanders said.
Pelosi and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer both made private calls with Biden late Friday.
He has called on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invite the 25th Amendment to force Trump from office. It is the process of removing the chairman and taking over the vice president.
Pelosi later stated that the option remains on the table. But action by Pence or the cabinet no longer appears possible, especially after two top officials, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Ellen Chao, resigned abruptly after the violence and will no longer be in the cabinet to make a case .
Trump had on Wednesday encouraged the loyalists at a rally in the White House to march on the Capitol where Congress was certifying the Electoral College rally of Biden’s election.
The House attacked Trump in 2019, but the Republican-led Senate acquitted him in early 2020.
Associated Press authors Alan Fram and Alexandra Jaffe contributed to this report.