11 Jan 2021
U.S. Democrats are moving towards impeaching President Donald Trump for the second time due to his part in inciting last week’s riots in Washington.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her party on Sunday evening that the House would proceed with bringing an impeachment case to the floor this week unless Vice President Mike Pence invokes the 25th Amendment with a majority of the Cabinet to remove Trump from office.
In a letter to colleagues on Sunday, she wrote: “As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetuated by this president is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
While there are an increasing number of Republicans who have slammed Trump for his role, no-one has said they would vote to convict him of wrongdoing in the Senate, with many adding that they didn’t believe that impeachment was the best way forward.
“The best way for our country is for the president to resign and go away as soon as possible,” Pat Toomey, one of the Republican senators who has led condemnation of the president, told NBC News.
Meanwhile, Mick Mulvaney, the president’s former chief of staff, described the riot as a “fundamental threat to the United States.”
He added: “I thought the president would be presidential . . . I don’t know what’s going on inside the Oval Office now and I don’t know what’s going on inside the president’s head.”
A Senate impeachment would bring Congress to a halt, unable to confirm nominees or enact legislation in the opening days of Biden’s presidency – therefore it is something Democrats would need to mull carefully over the next few days.