U.S. President Donald Trump will leave the White House in Washington, DC, USA on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
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President Donald Trump, a man very conscious of his accomplishments and place in history, will have a premiere on his balance sheet on Wednesday.
Seven days before the president leaves office, the House plans to charge him with serious crimes and misdemeanors for instigating a riot in the US Capitol last week. Trump will be the first President to be tried twice by the Chamber.
The behavior of the president in the 13 months since he was first impeached has resulted in House Democrats being clearer than the first time.
The four-page impeachment article that the chamber will vote on Wednesday says Trump made months of false claims to his supporters that widespread fraud cost him the 2020 election and then asked them to challenge the results before marching to the Capitol and the number of members of Congress disrupted the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
“He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, disrupted the peaceful transfer of power and endangered an equal branch of government. In doing so, he betrayed his confidence as President to manifest the violation of the people of the United States,” reads the indictment of the House.
In the aftermath of the riot that killed five people, including a Capitol police officer, Democrats have argued that Trump is allowed to serve his term in office. This lets him avoid the consequences and increases the prospect of more violence before Biden’s inauguration. Still, Congress may not have enough time to oust the president from office before next week.
The Democrats urged Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to start the accelerated process of removing Trump through the 25th Amendment. Pence declined, arguing in a Tuesday letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. That the move was not “in the best interests of our nation or in accordance with our constitution.”
Once the House has passed the impeachment article and sent it to the Senate, the upper chamber must quickly start a process. It would then vote on whether Trump should be convicted. The House will send the article through the Capitol immediately, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Told NBC News on Wednesday.
The Senate plans to meet again on January 19 with immediate effect. Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Has argued that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Can use emergency forces to bring the Chamber back earlier.
The Senate may not have enough time to remove the president from office, but it can prevent him from becoming president again in 2025. He could also lose the perks that were granted to former presidents.
A congress that was on the sidelines after the uprising and threatening the lives of lawmakers went to work on Wednesday in an unrecognizable setting. Improved fortifications stood outside the Capitol. Members of the National Guard slept in the Legislative Halls and Capitol Visitors Center overnight. Legislators had to go through a metal detector to get to the floor of the house for a Tuesday night vote, which outraged some Republicans.
When the House first indicted Trump, only one Congressional Republican – Mitt Romney of Utah – along with the Democrats tried to remove the president. The Capitol Rebellion prepared more GOP lawmakers to remove their party’s president from office.
At least five Republicans in the House will vote against Trump on Wednesday. This includes Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third largest member of the GOP caucus.
“There has never been a major betrayal of his office and his oath on the Constitution by a President of the United States,” she said in a statement about Trump’s conduct before and after the attack.
No Senate Republicans have yet announced plans to remove Trump. The New York Times reported McConnell believes Trump committed criminal acts but did not say whether he supports the Senate conviction.
Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Said he would “consider” any article the house sends on the Capitol. Two other GOP senators – Lisa Murkowski from Alaska and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania – have asked Trump to resign.
The president took no responsibility for the Capitol invasion. On Tuesday he defended himself and said, “People thought what I was saying was entirely appropriate.”
He also said impeachment “poses a tremendous threat to our country and causes tremendous anger”.
Some Republicans suggested that after the first impeachment, Trump would learn a lesson and curb his behavior. Other GOP lawmakers concluded this week that they cannot trust him to take responsibility for his actions.
One Republican, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, quoted Trump’s lack of remorse for helping spark the Capitol uprising by saying he would vote to indict the president.
“Today the president described his inflammatory rhetoric at last Wednesday’s rally as” perfectly appropriate “and did not regret last week’s violent uprising in the US Capitol. This sends exactly the wrong signal to those of us who support the core of our rally democratic principles and took a solemn oath on the constitution, “he said in a statement on Tuesday.
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