United States House Democrats planned last night (Indian Standard Time) to vote 13 January to impeach President Donald Trump, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told Democrats on a caucus call on 11 January (local time).
Hoyer said that the House would vote on 12 January evening on a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power, and then plan to vote 13 January at 9 AM ET on the impeachment resolution, media reported.
Democrats formally introduced their impeachment resolution on 11 January, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” as they attempt to impeach him for the second time.
The single impeachment article, which was introduced when the House gaveled into a brief pro-forma session on 11 January, points to Trump’s repeated allegations that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on 6 January before the rioters breached the Capitol, according to sources.
“He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States,” said the resolution.
House Republicans blocked the move by Democrats to have Vice President Mike Pence invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, citing feedback from members, floated the possibility of “a resolution of censure under the rules of the House,” as well as a bipartisan commission to investigate riots.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on the call with House Democrats 11 January, called the idea of censuring Trump an “abdication” and made it clear it was not an option she was willing to consider, according to a person on the call, media reported.
Chaotic and violent scenes erupted at the Capitol on 13 January as supporters of Trump stormed the building to protest the Electoral College vote, forcing a lockdown and confrontations with the police.
13 January violence came hours after Trump encouraged his supporters to fight against the election results as Congress was certifying Biden’s victory in the November vote.