US President Trump will soon be history. Even so, the Democrats want him before his end Term of office is discontinued. You put pressure on the Vice President to make a statement.
Following the storming of the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump, the Democrats want to take concrete steps this Monday to impeach the elected US president. Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to her group colleagues published on Sunday evening (local time) that a resolution would be tabled on Monday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to take immediate steps to remove Trump. This should be decided in plenary by Tuesday at the latest. Pence is asked to respond within 24 hours.
In a next step, the House of Representatives will then initiate a parliamentary impeachment procedure against Trump, it said in Pelosi’s letter. “In protecting our constitution and our democracy, we will act urgently because this president is an imminent threat to both of them. The more days go by, the greater the horror of this president’s ongoing attack on our democracy, and the more urgent the need for action.” . “
“Incitement to riot”
The Democrats have already drafted a resolution for the parliamentary impeachment process against Trump. The only charge listed is “incitement to riot”. Trump is accused of inciting his supporters at a rally before the storm on the Capitol. Five people were killed in the riot, including a police officer. In the draft resolution, Trump is called “a threat to national security, democracy and the constitution”. Trump would be the first US president in history to have two impeachment proceedings opened.
Pelosi has already urged Pence in the past few days to take steps to depose Trump. It is based on Amendment 25 of the US Constitution. According to this, the vice-president can declare the president incapable of “exercising the rights and duties of the office” with a majority of important cabinet members. Pence has not yet responded to the demands.
Trump is said to be banned from future government offices
Trump is leaving office with the swearing-in of his Democratic successor Joe Biden on January 20. Before that, a judgment in the Senate in an impeachment process is virtually impossible, even if the House of Representatives decided to open it next week.
In addition to Trump’s impeachment, the draft resolution also provides for him to be banned from future government offices. This would deny him a possible candidacy in 2024. According to the Democrats, the procedure is also about setting an example after the attack on parliament.
Republicans turn their backs on Trump
Anger is also growing among Trump’s Republicans. Several Republican congressmen appear to want to vote for the resolution to impeach Trump. The House of Representatives – which is controlled by the Democrats – can decide to initiate impeachment proceedings with a simple majority. The procedure, which is similar to a court process, but in the Senate would be conducted and decided. The two-thirds majority required there for Trump’s impeachment is currently not foreseeable. The future 50 Democrats will lack the votes of 17 Republicans.
However, Trump is also facing increasing headwinds from Republicans in the Senate. Republican Senator Pat Toomey told Fox News on Saturday that Trump’s offense would qualify for impeachment. His colleague Ben Sasse told CBS that he would “definitely consider” an indictment from the House of Representatives. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski had already called for Trump’s resignation on Friday. All three senators are internal party critics of the president.
The Senate will not meet for its next regular session until January 19. A memorandum from the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, circulated by the Washington Post, states that under the current rules, proceedings could begin at 1:00 p.m. on January 20 at the earliest – one hour after Biden was sworn in and Trump left Office.
Biden had announced that he would not intervene in a decision on the opening of impeachment proceedings by the House of Representatives. A trial in the Senate could make the start of Biden’s new government much more difficult. The chamber would possibly block the proceedings for weeks until a judgment is reached. Biden, however, depends on the senators confirming his nominated cabinet members and numerous high-ranking government officials in office. He is also dependent on the powerful chamber for important legislative projects, for example in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump remains silent on Saturday
Trump did not speak publicly at the weekend. Twitter had permanently blocked his @realDonaldTrump account, thereby depriving him of his most important communication platform. As a reason, Twitter named the “risk of further incitement to violence”. Trump accused Twitter on Friday evening in a message circulated through journalists in the White House of conspiring with the Democrats to silence him and his supporters.
Donald Trump in the White House. His term of office will soon be over – and things could get much worse for the current president. (Source: White House / imago images)
Pelosi also called for criminal consequences for Trump because of the unrest at the Capitol. “Unfortunately, the executive is a troubled, confused, dangerous President of the United States,” the chairman of the House of Representatives told CBS. “And there are only a few more days before we can be protected from him. But he did something so serious that he should be prosecuted.”
As president, Trump enjoys immunity from prosecution. This immunity ends with his term of office on January 20th. US media have reported that after the November 3 election, Trump discussed several times with advisors about pardoning himself. The self-pardon of a president would be a novelty. It is controversial whether such a step would be legally permissible. The constitution does not expressly exclude such self-pardon.