House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump, whom she called a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on Capitol Hill.
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Pelosi made the announcement in a letter to her colleagues. He said the House will act solemnly, but also urgently, with just a few days before Trump leaves office on January 20.
“By protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” he said.
“The horror of the ongoing attack on our democracy perpetrated by this president is intensifying and so is the immediate need for action.”
Pelosi said the House will first try to force Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to remove Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment.
On Monday, House leaders will work to quickly pass impeachment legislation. If blocked by Republicans, which is almost certain, the House will meet for a full vote on Tuesday.
Pelosi explained that the resolution asks Pence to “convene and mobilize the Cabinet to activate Amendment 25 to declare the president incapable of performing the functions of his office.” Under procedure, the vice president “would immediately exercise powers as interim president,” he wrote.
Pence is not expected to take the initiative to oust Trump, although the 25th Amendment option has been talked about for days in Washington.
The House would then move on to consider articles of impeachment, Pelosi said. No day was set for the impeachment vote.
With impeachment planning intensifying, two Republican senators said they want Trump to step down immediately as efforts step up to prevent Trump from returning to elective office after deadly riots on Capitol Hill.
House Democrats were expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday. The strategy would be to quickly condemn the president’s actions, but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days. That would allow President-elect Joe Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he takes office on January 20.