House Democrats formally launched an article of impeachment on Monday, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection.”
The resolution cites the president’s false statements claiming widespread voter fraud in the course of the presidential election — statements Trump repeated within the two months main up to final week’s joint session of Congress.
The House may vote later this week on impeaching Trump an unprecedented second time, a consequence of occasions final Wednesday when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.
“He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — lawless action at the Capitol,” the decision reads. It provides: “Thus incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”
Impeachment proceedings may have penalties for the preliminary weeks of the Biden administration, as a Senate trial may delay confirmations for Biden’s Cabinet picks and stall the brand new administration’s agenda.
In a signal of how Democrats have struggled with how to proceed with the push for impeachment, Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), a Biden ally, suggested Sunday that the House may vote this week to impeach the president however wait a few months earlier than submitting the articles to the Senate for trial.
As of Sunday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who drew up the decision alongside Reps. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.), said 210 members had signed on as co-sponsors.
“This was an attempted coup to overthrow the government, and we have a responsibility as Congress to respond to that,” Cicilline stated. “We have a particular responsibility to hold everyone accountable who was involved in any way from the president on down. That’s what we intend to do.”
He stated he anticipated some Republicans to assist the decision.