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U.S. House introduces impeachment article accusing Trump of 'incitement of insurrection'

Democrat-led House also calls on VP Mike Pence to utilize 25th Amendment to remove Trump
The Associated Press ? Posted: Jan 11, 2021 9:57 AM ET | Last Updated: 1 hour ago


Members of the National Guard are shown outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Monday. They had not been called as a preventive measure ahead of last week's protest, which devolved into chaos. (Erin Scott/Reuters)

U.S. House Democrats on Monday introduced a resolution containing a single article of impeachment against President Donald Trump charging him with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week.

The resolution noted that Trump addressed a rally shortly before his supporters mounted the attack and says he made statements that "encouraged and foreseeable resulted in" the lawless actions at the Capitol. Trump could conceivably become the first U.S. president to be impeached twice by the House during his term.
U.S. House Republicans blocked a Democratic request on Monday to bring up a resolution urging Vice-President Mike Pence to start the U.S. Constitution's 25th Amendment process of removing President Donald Trump from office.
House Democrats sought agreement to immediately bring up the resolution for debate, but Republicans stopped it on a voice vote. Democrats have indicated they will seek a recorded vote on the same resolution on Tuesday.
Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia was the Republican to formally object.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will consider 25th Amendment legislation after Republicans blocked their initial attempt to bring it up, and then move forward on impeachment legislation.
"There may well be a vote on impeachment on Wednesday," added Steny Hoyer, the Democratic majority leader in the House who is responsible for the chamber's floor schedule.
Congressional Democrats have said it is imperative to remove Trump from office immediately, even with a planned transfer of power to president-elect Joe Biden scheduled for Jan. 20.
"It is important that we act, and it is important that we act in a very serious and deliberative manner," Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, chairman of the House's rules committee, told CNN on Monday. "We expect this up on the floor on Wednesday. And I expect that it will pass."

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are shown at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 4, 2020. Trump urged protesters to descend on the Capitol last week in a speech, while Pence was inside presiding over a joint session of Congress. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week, scattering lawmakers who were certifying Biden's election victory, in a harrowing assault on the centre of American democracy that left five dead.
The violence came after Trump urged supporters to march on the Capitol at a rally where he repeated false claims that his resounding election defeat was illegitimate.


Dozens of people who attacked police officers, stole computers and smashed windows at the Capitol have been arrested for their role in the violence, and officials have opened 25 domestic terrorism investigations.
Trump acknowledged that a new administration would take office on Jan. 20 in a video statement after the attack but has not appeared in public. Twitter and Facebook have suspended his accounts, citing the risk of him inciting violence.
Historian on whether the 25th Amendment could be invoked against Trump
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