Democrats on Monday, 11 January, introduced an article of impeachment against outgoing US President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives for "incitement of insurrection", just days after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the House will move forward with impeaching President Trump for a second time if Vice President Pence does not seek to remove him under the 25th Amendment within 24 hours of passage of a House resolution expected Tuesday. Her threat came shortly after House Democrats formally introduced an article of impeachment against Trump, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the takeover of the U.S. Capitol last week by a violent pro-Trump mob. The House could vote as early as Wednesday, reported the Washington Post.
Pro-Trump protesters had stormed the United States (US) Capitol in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, 6 January. Members of both Houses of the US Congress were meeting to conduct the vote certifying the Electoral College victory of Joe Biden in the US presidential election. Both Houses had to be evacuated and the vote has been suspended.
According to the New York Times, the dual actions came as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her caucus sought to ratchet up pressure on Mr. Pence to intervene and push Mr. Trump to resign. If they did not, the Democrats promised immediate consequences for Mr. Trump’s role in an attack that put the lives of the vice president, members of Congress and thousands of staff working on Capitol Hill at risk as officials met to formalize President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.
“The president’s threat to America is urgent, and so too will be our action,” Ms. Pelosi said on Monday.