The impeachment article, which has 213 House co-sponsors, is because Republicans blocked a measure on Monday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to remove Trump by appealing to the, instead pushing for a full vote in Parliament on Tuesday. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that the next step will be to take impeachment laws to the floor.
The House is expected to consider the impeachment article when it reconvenes Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, after expecting to vote on the 25th amendment on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
“I can report that we now have the votes to turn off,” rep. Tweeted. David Cicilline Monday morning.
Hours after the deadly riot on January 6, Trump tweeted, “Go home with love and in peace. Remember this day forever!” Twitter blocked the tweet on Friday and. In the tweet, Trump made false claims about the presidential election, suggesting that those who stormed the Capitol were “patriots.”
“The president continues to pose a clear and current threat to the people and our republic,” tweeted Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, who along with fellow Democratic Reps. David Cicilline and Ted Lieu co-authored the article. He incited a rebellious mob to join a “ savage ” disruption to the peaceful transfer of power in the Capitol. Violence and death followed. He must be immediately removed from office. ‘
Several Republican lawmakers are also calling for Trump’s removal, including Sens. Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski, and Republican Rep. Adam Kitzinger.
“I really think the president has committed accusatory violations,” Toomey said on Fox News Saturday, before saying Trump’s resignation on Sunday would be “the best way forward.”
Trump has reportedly considered using his presidential power, but there are no reports of his possible dismissal so far.
We will explain what could happen to Trump if he is impeached, what the timeline might look like now and where the situation stands. This story has been updated with new information.
Trump’s Impeachment, 25th Call for Change: What’s Happening Now?
Two things happen in unison: House Democrats formally call on Pence to appeal to the, while also planning to vote on Trump’s impeachment if the vice president does not respond within 24 hours of receiving the official request.
If the House voted in favor of the impeachment article, it would send the indictment to the Senate to kick-start Trump’s trial, making him the first president to be impeached twice.
If Trump doesn’t step down – which doesn’t seem likely at the moment, despite an apparent oneMonday suggesting his term ends the same evening – impeachment proceedings are expected to begin earlier . But it is likely that the trial will not end until after Biden becomes president, as the senate will not return until January 19, the day before Trump’s presidency ends. The Senate can return early, but only if all sitting senators unanimously agree. If anyone objects, the Senate will not meet again early.
Impeachment and the 25th Amendment: How Are They Different?
Congress, including Republican representatives, has also pressured Pence to call on the. Unlike impeachment, voted on by Congress, the 25th Amendment requires Pence and a majority of cabinet secretaries to take power. Alternatively, it can also be invoked by the vice president and another body designated by Congress.
To invoke power, Pence and a majority of sitting cabinet secretaries must decide that the sitting president is unfit for office. Several cabinet members have resigned in the wake of the attack on the Capitol.
What happens if Trump is impeached and convicted?
If the House votes to impeach this week, it will essentially sue the president. The trial then goes to the Senate for trial overseen by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Normally, the conviction of a sitting president at such a trial would result in the president being immediately removed from office. With just a few days left in office, Trump would likely complete his term in office (more on this below), but the Senate may additionally vote for the right to run for a second presidential term or for “ an Office of Honor, Trust of Profit under the United States, “according to the Constitution (Article 1, Section 3).
A president who is impeached in the Senate may also be disqualified for the benefits given to former presidents in the Post Presidents Act, which include a pension, annual travel allowance, and security details.
Is it too late to impeach Trump before Biden becomes president?
Yes and no. The impeachment process will begin on Monday, which would lead to a procedure defined by the constitution. The rarity of impeachment measures in US history (only two other presidents have been impeached and one resigned before impeachment), the extraordinary circumstances of the article against Trump, and the timing so close to Biden’s inauguration raise some questions about what happened next could happen, including a possible Senate impeachment lawsuit that could determine the first days of Biden’s presidency.
The House could also decide to delay sending the charges to the Senate until after the Biden administration makes progress with Senate approval for Biden’s cabinet nominees and vaccine distribution: Biden has promised 100 million to get.shot into people’s arms during his first 100 days in the office.
‘We will hold the vote we have to hold in Parliament, and [Pelosi] will make the decision as if it were the best time to move the articles to the Senate, ”said Rep. Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat. If it happens to be that it hasn’t been there for 100 days, let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda going, and maybe we’ll send the articles some time after that. ‘
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell sent a memo to Senate Republicans on Friday outlining how a second Trump trial in the Senate would go, pegging Jan. 19 as the first date Trump’s impeachment could be up for discussion. the day the next session of the Senate begins.
Biden has said it is up to Congress to decide whether Trump should be impeached.
Trump’s White House criticized the move towards impeachment, saying in a statement Friday that this should be “a time for healing and unity.” The White House said, “A politically motivated impeachment against a president with 12 days to go will only serve to further divide our great country.”
What must be done to impeach a sitting president?
A president, along with other officials, can be charged with “treason, bribery or other serious crimes and offenses,” according to section 4 of Article 2 of the United States Constitution. A total of 216 votes from the Lower House are required to impeach – a simple majority plus one. A trial is then heard in the Senate, where the US Chief Justice sits. A full two-thirds of the 100 senators must vote to convict.
Impeaching a president is typically a lengthy process that involves months of investigations and inquiries, but House Democrats plan to speed up proceedings and keep the articles of impeachment to a minimum.
Here is the short version of the general procedure:
- The House of Representatives votes to invoke allegations of impeachment against Trump.
- If the article of impeachment passes by the House, it submits the article to the Senate, which must hold a trial.
- The House continues, and the Senate is the jury. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides.
- Trump has the ability to defend himself.
Here are some unknowns:
- Would the Senate agree to reconvene for an impeachment trial before January 19? (Unlikely, as this could be scuttled by a single senator’s objection; vote must be unanimous.)
- If started before the inauguration, would the impeachment process continue after Trump is no longer president?
- Could Trump try to pardon himself for all crimes prior to the inauguration?
Wasn’t Trump already impeached during his tenure?
Yes. Trump was impeached by the House in December 2019. The Republican Majority, with the process highlighted by of Trump who belittles the impeachment effort.
His previous accusation involved articles accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The occasion involved Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, including a phone call in July 2019 in which he appeared to be using US military aid as a bargaining chip to pressure Ukraine over the alleged links between his political opponent Biden, Biden’s son Hunter, and a Ukrainian gas company. The articles also charged Trump with interfering with a home investigation into the Ukraine issue.
CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt and Rae Hodge contributed to this report.