How dangerous can Donald Trump be in the last few days in office? The Democrats are very concerned and have one thing in mind above all: the codes for launching nuclear missiles.
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Since the violent storm of the Capitol by fanatical Trump fans, the US Democrats have had a new fear: The fear of an unleashed Donald Trump, who seems to be capable of everything in the last few meters of his term of office – and who will still have access to the for twelve days Has atomic codes of the United States.
The chairman of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has therefore contacted the US military leadership in order to avert this danger. In a letter to her group colleagues, Pelosi said she had spoken to Chief of Staff Mark Milley on the matter. They had discussed how to prevent “an unstable president from initiating military combat operations or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” said Pelosi.
Trump could be declared incapacitated
Following Wednesday’s events, Pelosi and Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called for Trump to be removed from office immediately. Two Republicans also spoke out in public for it. This would be possible through Amendment 25 of the US Constitution. It allows the President to be declared incapable of “exercising the rights and duties of office”. Such a declaration would have to be made by Vice-President Pence and a majority of key cabinet members.
However, Pence seems unwilling to do so so far. In her letter to colleagues, Pelosi reiterated her willingness to “act” if the Vice President does not remove the voted president from office. She threatens to re-launch impeachment proceedings against Trump. Observers believe that this would be primarily a symbolic act: It seems difficult to imagine that the process would be completed before Biden was sworn in.
Report: The procedure should start on Monday
Still, the Democrats are determined. “We can be very quick if we want to,” senior MP Katherine Clark told CNN. The news agency Reuters reported, citing an insider, that the Democrats want to initiate the process on Monday. According to this, a document is currently circulating in Congress in which the charge against Trump is being raised: inciting violence against the US government with the intention of overturning Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
Democrat Nancy Pelosi: sees Trump as an incalculable risk. (Source: J. Scott Applewhite / AP / dpa)
Clark was optimistic that the impeachment vote in the House of Representatives could take place in the middle of next week. In the chamber ruled by Democrats, approval is considered certain. The procedure would then come to the US Senate, where a two-thirds majority is necessary. Republicans currently have a majority in the chamber.
Biden focuses on the corona pandemic
Future US President Joe Biden said he would not intervene on this issue. The decision to open impeachment proceedings lies with Congress, said Biden. His task and that of his future government is to take care of the fight against the coronavirus, Covid-19 vaccinations and economic development as a matter of urgency. “We will do our job and Congress can decide how to proceed.”
The Democrat also emphasized: “I have long thought that President Trump is unsuitable to hold office.” That was the reason why he decided to run against Trump. It is important that the Republican be removed from office, but the quickest way to get there is his (Bidens) swearing in on January 20th.
Police officer succumbs to his injuries
Two days after the riots in and around the Capitol, the flags on the building were raised to half-mast. One policeman died as a result of injuries sustained in clashes with the attackers. At least five people were killed in the riots. A woman died after being shot by a police officer in the Capitol. Another woman and two men were killed as a result of “medical emergencies”, police said.
Trump had fueled the mood among his supporters at an appearance before the riot with repeated allegations of election fraud. In the midst of the chaos, he had called the attackers on Wednesday in a video to pull out, but at the same time showed understanding and sympathy for them (“We love you.”). Only after long hesitation did Trump condemn the violence in Washington on Thursday and call on the country to “reconcile” and “heal”.