Washington state Democrats in the House of Representatives announced an impeachment resolution accusing President Trump of “inciting an uprising” in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, which is close to impeaching the President for the second time less than two weeks before leaving office.
The impeachment resolution was first proposed by Democratic Representative David Sicillin, Jamie Ruskin and Ted Leu, and supported by at least 210 Democrats. The bill stated that the president “engaged in high crime rates and misdemeanors by inciting violence against the US government.”
The resolution quoted Mr. Trump’s speech to supporters near the White House on January 6, before the crowd flooded into the Capitol.
“Therefore, incited by President Trump, he once spoke to a group of people, trying to intervene in the solemn constitutional obligation of the joint meeting among other goals to prove the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, illegally violating and destroying the Capitol, and Killed law enforcement officers, threatened members of Congress, vice presidents and members of Congress, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive and inflammatory acts.”
Democratic representative Ilhan Omar’s other resolution on Monday included a second allegation that he “abused the power of the presidency to incite violence and plan an attempted coup.” Omar’s aides said that the House leadership is considering including both of these charges in the final impeachment case.
At the same time, House Republicans blocked a measure enacted by Ruskin that required Vice President Mike Pence to summon a cabinet and invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president. Speaker of the House of Representatives Pelosi (Nancy Pelosi) said that the House of Representatives will vote on the measure on Tuesday, and if Pence does not take action, impeachment may occur.
According to the 25th Amendment, if a majority of the cabinet members determine that the president is “unable to perform the functions and powers of his office,” the vice president can serve as the acting president.