GOP blocks Pelosi's first attempt to punish Trump after Capitol attack

GOP blocks Pelosi's first attempt to punish Trump after Capitol attack

Democrats introduced the impeachment article Monday charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection" in urging his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol last week, as well as a resolution that calls on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove him from office before January 20.

It's understood that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking to call on the vice president to aid in the impeachment of Donald Trump.

The president is holed up at the White House, increasingly isolated after a mob rioted in the Capitol in support of his false claims of election fraud.

While the non-binding measure in the House is not expected to pass, moves to impeach Trump have also drawn the support of some Republican senators.

A stunning end to Trump's final 10 days in office was underway as lawmakers warned of the damage the president could still do before Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20.

Pelosi says that Pence will have 24 hours to respond to the request to activate the 25th Amendment to declare the president incapable of executing the duties of his office. The resolution will be brought up on the House floor the next day if unanimous consent is not reached, a near certainty given several House Republicans' opposition to removing Trump before Inauguration Day.

Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) introduced their article of impeachment Monday morning.

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Representative James Clyburn, a member the House Democratic leadership, said Sunday that the House could hold on to the articles of impeachment for as long as 100 days to provide some breathing room.

"The Senate Impeachment Rules provide that at 1 p.m. the day after the Managers exhibit the articles before the Senate, the Senate must proceed to their consideration".

"In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both", Pelosi wrote to her fellow House Democrats on Sunday.

He told reporters in DE that he had spoken to House and Senate Democrats about the possibility that the trial would take half of the congressional day, allowing work to proceed on his agenda at the same time.

There was no immediate reaction from Mr Trump to news of the impeachment resolution being introduced.

The Democrats' attempt to remove Trump will force House Republicans to make the choice between continuing to back a president they have nearly universally supported for four years, or breaking with him during his last days in office. At least 54% of those who believe Trump shouldn't be removed say Trump did nothing wrong; 45% believed his actions were wrong but should not lead to his removal. No American president has ever been impeached twice. In a Senate trial, he would not have the same legal team that helped him win acquittal on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress past year.

Forty-three percent said Trump should not be thrown out of office, according to ABC/Ipsos, which surveyed 570 people between January 8 and January 9.

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