The second Trump impeachment effort led by Democratic lawmakers gained momentum over the weekend, even though it remained unclear whether enough Republican legislators would support the historic move with just days left in his presidential term.
Representative Ted Lieu took to Twitter on Monday to tell the Democratic members in the lower chamber of Congress will introduce impeachment articles after the incumbent incited his followers to storm the US Capitol in surprising chaos that unfolded days ago. The legislator from California, who also helped draft the impeachment articles, claims that move had drawn 190 co-sponsors by Saturday evening.
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Initially, Trump raised his supporters in the Capitol. however, later he condemned their violence and vandalization of the government property. Impeachment by the US House of Representatives would trigger a second unprecedented trail in the Republican-led Senate. Previously, he was cleared by the upper chamber of the US Congress during his first impeachment trial over accusations of threatening US national security.
In American political history, the two presidents were impeached, however, were acquitted by the Senate. In the 70s, the-then President Richard Nixon resigned when it became clear that he would be removed. Besides, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had called on the Federal Cabinet to invoke the constitution’s twenty-fifth amendment, which gives the cabinet the right to declare a president unfit to fulfill his duties. However, in response, Vice President Mike Pompeo opposed the idea.
Interestingly, the Democratic-led efforts had drawn supporters from the Republican party that now stands divided amid conflicting decisions by the incumbent. Local media reports on Saturday suggested that the vice president has not discarded the 25th amendment option, but that Pence’s team thinks such a move could trigger a harsher behavior from the President.
A small yet rapidly growing number of Republican congressional leaders have supported the calls for Trump’s removal, including Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Some high-ranking cabinet officials have also resigned in protest to the Capitol riots. While other key Republicans, including Senator Kevin McCarthy, have urged the Democratic legislators to shelve the impeachment efforts for the sake of “national unity.”
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