WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats are discussing Friday whether to proceed with a quick impeachment of President Donald Trump if his cabinet did not try to oust him earlier, two days after the US Capitol was robbed by a Trump supporter crowd The work was carried out rapidly.
House Democrats are set to hold a caucus meeting at noon, following Wednesday’s torturous events in the Capitol, and may take articles of impeachment against Trump as soon as next week. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi discussed the possibility of impeachment with her leadership team Thursday night, hours after declaring the House if Vice President Mike Pence and other officials did not invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to power Trump Was forced to remove. By his own cabinet.
Five people have now been killed by violent scuffles, including police officer Brian Siknik. Pelosi said in a statement on Friday that Cinic’s death “reminds us of our obligation to those who protect our country: to protect our country from all dangers, foreign and domestic.”
He said those responsible for the officer’s death “should be brought to justice.”
Although Trump has less than two weeks in office, lawmakers and even some in his administration began discussing options for the removal on Wednesday afternoon as Trump first encouraged crowds on the Capitol , Then refused to condemn the violent attack and offered it as an excuse. .
Rape Katherine Clarke, a member of the House Democratic leadership, said the procedural steps could allow her to move forward much faster than she did on Trump’s impeachment last year.
“I can confirm that we have had discussions about this and I hope the speaker goes ahead if the Vice President refuses to do what is required to be done under the Constitution,” Rep. James Clyburn, No. 3 House. Democrat, on CNN. “Everyone knows this president is insane.”
Trump’s prominent Republican critic, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, said he would “definitely consider” the impeachment.
“CBS said this morning,” the president has declined his oath of office. “He said that Trump had” rogue “the Capitol to incite the mob.
If the House said, “I would definitely consider the articles they could move,” the mother-in-law said.
Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have called for Trump’s cabinet to implement the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump from office before the presidential election. It is inaugurated on 20 June. Schumer said he and Pelosi tried to call Pence early Thursday to discuss that option but were unable to join him.
Pelosi on Thursday challenged several cabinet members by name during a new conference, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Muchchin.
“Do they stand by these actions?” Pelosi asked. “Are they ready to say that this dangerous man could do more harm to our country for the next 13 days?”
Most Democrats and many Republicans blamed Trump after hundreds of protesters bearing Trump’s flags and clothing were killed in the Capitol on Wednesday and led to destruction and mass evacuation. The president had urged his supporters to protest as Congress was counting the electoral votes that confirmed Joe Biden’s victory.
Pelosi said that “such a limit had been crossed” that Trump should not be allowed to make any decisions.
Three Democrats of the House Judiciary Committee began airing Thursday to disseminate impeachment articles. Reps David Sisilin of Rhode Island, Jamie Ruskin of Maryland and Ted Leu of California have written in articles that Trump “made statements that encourage – and where chaotic – action has taken place in the Capitol.”
The House attacked Trump in 2019, but the Republican-led Senate acquitted him in early 2020.
Pence has not publicly addressed the possibility of enacting the 25th Amendment, but that prospect faded after two members of the cabinet resigned on Thursday after Trump’s resignation in protest May have had a fatal attack on the Capitol.
Nevertheless, senior officials of the Trump administration raised the long-standing prospect as chaos unfolded in the Capitol. Government officials went so far as to study procedures to declare Trump “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”.
No cabinet member has publicly expressed support for the move, which would make Pence the acting president. But many were sympathetic to the notion that Trump believed that there was a lot of instability in his waning days before Biden’s inauguration on 20 January.
Under the 25th Amendment, Trump could dispute his cabinet’s search, but the cabinet could quickly retain the position, keeping Pence in power while the question fell to lawmakers.
Although the House can quickly vote for impeachment of Trump, it is much less likely that Congress can remove the president in the next 13 days. The Senate has to get the articles and then test them and vote on them.
And even if that happens, Republicans will be unlikely to vote to convict the Senate. When Biden is inaugurated, Democrats are prepared to take the Senate narrowly, but Senate Leader Mitch McConnell holds the gavel until then.
But in a measure of the uneasy state of Trump’s crowd being uncontrolled, Republican lawmakers were placed, with the GOP’s statements on Democrats’ calls for his removal being remarkably lacking.
Biden distanced himself from his fellow Democrats’ push to exclude Trump with the 25th Amendment. Andrew Bates, a presidential-election spokesman, said Biden was focused on assuming the position on January 20 “and will leave it to Vice President Pence, the Cabinet and Congress as they see fit.”
Associated Press authors Alan Fram and Alexandra Jaffe contributed to this report.