House Democrats will make a final push to pressure Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment as a way to remove Donald Trump from office before starting to impeach the president for the second time.
The Democratic-controlled House will attempt to pass a resolution on Monday urging Mr Pence to summon cabinet and activate the 25th Amendment, which gives them the power to strip the president of his power. If there are no objections, the resolution will be adopted on Monday. If a congressman objects to the text, it will be debated and most likely passed on Tuesday.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, told members of the House on Sunday that if Mr. Pence does not respond to the resolution within 24 hours, the lower house of Congress will impeach Mr. Trump for the second. times, on a charge of incitement to insurgency.
“In protecting our Constitution and our democracy, we will act urgently, as this president poses an imminent threat to both,” Ms. Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats. “As the days go by, the horror of this president’s continued assault on our democracy intensifies, as does the immediate need to act.”
Ms Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate Leader, have repeatedly urged Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution if Mr Trump does not step down for his role in the week’s seat last on Capitol Hill.
Despite reports that Mr. Pence is enraged by Mr. Trump’s lack of intervention in the riots – who interrupted the electoral college vote count to certify that Joe Biden will be the 46th U.S. president – the vice president has so far shown no support for the use of the 25th Amendment.
Mr. Trump, who was banned Twitter, and a host of other social media platforms late last week, showed no sign of resigning before Mr. Biden’s inauguration on Jan.20. He is expected to make a trip to the US-Mexico border on Tuesday to brag about his immigration record.
Mr Trump was impeached at the end of 2019, on two counts – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – related to his efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on Mr Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. He was acquitted after a trial in the Senate. Mitt Romney, the Utah senator and former presidential candidate, was the only Republican to vote to condemn the president.
While Mr. Trump is likely to be dismissed a second time in the Democratic-controlled House, two-thirds of the Senate are expected to vote to convict in order to remove him from office.
While a handful of Republican senators have contempt expressed beyond the president’s actions, more than a dozen are expected to sign to oust Mr. Trump.
Democrats won two hotly contested Senate second rounds in Georgia last week, staging for the upper house of Congress to be split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris able to vote for a tiebreaker. Ms Harris will be sworn in on Jan.20 with Mr Biden.