January 14, 2021 7:24 AM | With information from DPA
15 minutes. The president-elect of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, issued a statement this Wednesday in which he referred, for the first time, to the process of impeachment against Donald Trump launched by the House of Representatives, trusting that the Senate, where he must now be voted, knows “deal with their constitutional responsibilities “and the rest of” urgent matters “of the country.
“This nation also remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy.. I hope the Senate leadership finds a way to deal with its constitutional responsibilities in the impeachment while also working on the other pressing issues of this nation, “Biden said.
The House of Representatives approved hours before, with 232 votes in favor and 197 against, to initiate an impeachment against President Trump. They accuse him of “incitement to insurrection” for his role in the assault on the Capitol, which his supporters carried out.
For the Democrats, who had enough to get 217 votes – he has 222-, they were joined by the support of a dozen disgruntled Republicans. Among them, the third highest ranking in the Chamber, Liz cheney.
“Last week we saw an unprecedented assault on our democracy. It was unlike anything we’ve witnessed in our nation’s 244-year history.. A violent attack on the US Capitol itself. About the representatives of the people. About policemen who risk their lives every day to protect us. And about fellow citizens who serve as public servants, “Biden said in his statement.
“This criminal attack was planned and coordinated. It was carried out by political extremists and domestic terrorists, who were incited to this violence by President Trump. It was an armed insurrection against the United States. And those responsible must be held accountable, “he said.
Biden, who appealed to the unity of the American people to move forward, included among those “urgent matters” the confirmation of the “key positions” of his Administration. That is to say, secretaries of National Security, State, Defense, Treasury and the Director of Intelligence; launching a vaccine program and “getting our economy working again.”
“Too many of our compatriots have suffered for too long last year to delay this urgent work, “he remarked.
The deadlines prevent Trump from being removed before January 20, the date on which Biden will take office as president. However, would allow him to be disqualified from holding public office and running for reelection in 2024.
Trump will become the first US president to be subjected to 2 impeachment proceedings, after he was acquitted in February 2020 after being accused of abuse of presidential power and obstruction of Congress for pressuring Ukraine leaders to investigate Biden. and his son Hunter for his business activities.