Washington – House Democrats plan to file articles of impeachment against outgoing President Donald Trump as early as Monday, according to sources in various US news outlets.
The action, CNN reported, could set up a House vote from early to mid-next week. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has not explicitly said when this will be done.
For his part, President-elect Joe Biden said, to questions from the press, that the determination to initiate an impeachment against Trump rests with Congress and that he will not intervene in that decision. He noted that in view of the January 20 inauguration, he will focus on addressing the coronavirus emergency, the administration of vaccines and unemployment.RELATED
Asked about growing discussion of a possible impeachment effort, President-elect Joe Biden says he’s focused on COVID response, vaccine distribution, and restarting the economy.
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– ABC News (@ABC) January 8, 2021
Earlier, Pelosi told the congressmen of both parties that she will begin the process of “impeachment” (political trial) against Trump if the president does not resign “immediately”.
In a letter sent to all members of the House of Representatives, Pelosi asked Republicans to request Trump’s resignation for the president’s “dangerous and seditious acts” taking as an example the actions of the Republican Party at the end of Richard’s presidency. Nixon.
Today, following the president’s dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow that example and request that Trump leave office, immediately. If the president does not leave his post immediately and voluntarily, Congress will proceed with our action, ”explained Pelosi.
The mounting pressure for Congress to begin the second impeachment process against Trump a few days before he leaves the White House after losing the presidential election comes as Pelosi awaits a response from Vice President Mike Pence on whether to invoke the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution to remove the president from office.
Amendment 25 allows the president to be removed from office if the vice president and a majority of the cabinet vote to remove him on the grounds of his inability “to exercise the powers and duties of the office.”
Pelosi also pointed out today to members of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives that although she prefers that Trump resign or be removed from office with the 25th Amendment, a new impeachment process against the president has more support in the party than the first process, carried out at the beginning of the year.
Then, the Democrats prosecuted Trump for the pressure he exerted on the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenski, to investigate Joe Biden with the aim of damaging his presidential aspirations.
The impeachment trial against Trump failed in the Senate, where Republicans held the majority until Wednesday after the victory of the two Democratic candidates in the second round of the senatorial elections in Georgia.
With information from EFE.