On Monday, the House moved closer to impeaching President Donald Trump for instigating his supporters who invaded the U.S. Capitol in an effort to avoid having the outgoing president be formally recognized as the loser of the election. What is happening on Capitol Hill today?
According to CNBC, on Monday, Democrats introduced an article of impeachment, titled “Incitement of Insurrection,” that charges Trump with having “engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”
The article cites his repeated false claims of fraud and his comments to his supporters Wednesday, including an assertion that “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
The chamber will now take two separate steps to try to achieve Trump’s removal:
•First, the House plans to pass a resolution Tuesday night calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Pence has shown reluctance to do this.
•Then, the House will meet on Wednesday morning to consider impeachment.
The House will push ahead on Tuesday with efforts to remove President Donald Trump from office and is expected to pass the 25th Amendment measure, which does not compel Pence and Cabinet secretaries to take action.
Though House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer tried to pass the resolution by unanimous consent on Monday and Rep. Alex Mooney blocked it, Democrats say they have enough votes to charge the president.
It is uncertain how many Republicans will join the party in voting to impeach Trump.