The Democratic lawmakers in the US House of Representatives were poised to begin Trump’s historic second impeachment trial, with at least five lawmakers from the Republican party backing the move. The move comes as the Trump administration enters the last days of its term as Biden is scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20.
On Wednesday, the House is likely to vote on an article of impeachment accusing the incumbent of inciting the violence on January 6 when his followers stormed the US Capitol. The unfortunate chaos resulted in as many as five fatalities. Eventually, the article would begin a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, even though many experts doubt the political appetite to oust Trump.
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Following an effort by top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the twenty-fifth amendment to remove the incumbent from office. But reportedly, he has opposed the move and stated in a letter to Pelosi that such a move was not in favor of the American constitution.
Despite his letter, the House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on Pence to act. On the other hand, a small yet growing number of Republicans are joining the ranks with Democrats to oust Trump from office. Liz Cheney, a Republican Representative, stated that there has never been such a betrayal by a sitting president. He further blamed Trump for the attack on the US Capitol, saying that he assembled the mob and lit the “fire of the attack.”
Besides him, three other party members, including Adam Kinzinger, Fred Upton, and John Katko, stated that he would vote in favor of Trump’s impeachment. Interestingly, the remaining Republican leaders did not ask the Representatives to vote against the move, arguing that it was a matter of personal conscience.
In a separate development, The New York Times reported that the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell was pleased with the Democrats-led impeachment efforts as the Republican Party aims to move forward following the attack on Congress. The news agency added that these efforts would make it easier for the party to purge Trump. If the House of Representatives impeaches the incumbent, it would lead to a trial in the Senate at least seven Republican lawmakers would have to vote against Trump.
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