DEMOCRATS will move to impeach Donald Trump on Monday, charging him with "inciting insurrection".
Democrats have already drafted the single article for Trump's impeachment that will be formally introduced on Monday.House Democrats will move to impeach President Donald Trump on MondayCredit: Reuters The bid by Democrats came after Trump supporters stormed Capitol HillCredit: AP:Associated Press House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already said she wants to impeach TrumpCredit: AFP or licensors
To succeed two-thirds of senators would have to vote to impeach the outgoing president before the end of his term on January 20.
Democratic members of the House of Representatives will introduce formal articles of impeachment on Monday, Representative Ted Lieu said on Twitter.
The California Democrat, who helped draft the charges, said the articles had drawn 180 co-sponsors as of Saturday afternoon.
The document accuses Trump of violating his Constitutional duty by encouraging a crowd of his supporters to fight the vote to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory and denounces him as a “threat to national security.”
Donald Trump could become the first president in history to be impeached twice with the single charge of "incitement of insurrection".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told his Republican colleagues in the upper chamber that the earliest a second trial would begin is Inauguration Day.
“In all of this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transfer of power, and imperiled a coordinate branch of government,” the document reads.
“He thereby betrayed his trust as president, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States. Wherefore, President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law,” it continued.
“President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, and profit under the United States.”
The impeachment article will be introduced by House Democrats as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "pushes for removal" after the Capitol Hill riots.
Pelosi has also asked members to draft legislation aimed at invoking the U.S. Constitution's 25th Amendment, which allows the removal of a president unable to fulfill the duties of the office.
Trump "has done something so serious -- that there should be prosecution against him," Pelosi told CBS' 60 Minutes according to an early excerpt of the interview.
The intensifying effort to oust Trump from the White House has drawn scattered support from Republicans, whose party has been splintered by the president's actions.
Democrats have pressed Vice President Mike Pence to consider the 25th Amendment, but a Pence adviser has said he opposes the idea.
The odds that Trump will actually be removed before January 20, when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, remain long.Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building last WednesdayCredit: Metropolitan Police Pro-Trump protesters storm into the US Capitol during clashes with policeCredit: Reuters A total of five people were killed in the violent disturbancesCredit: AFP or licensors
Any impeachment in the House would trigger a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, which is scheduled to be in recess until January 19 and has already acquitted Trump once before.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a memo to his fellow Republican senators suggesting a trial would not begin until Trump was out of office, a source familiar with the document said. A conviction in the Senate requires a two-thirds vote.
Democrats will take control of the Senate later this month, after Georgia certifies two runoff elections won by Democratic challengers.
Twitter permanently cut off Trump's personal account and access to his nearly 90 million followers late on Friday, citing the risk of further incitement of violence, three days after Trump exhorted thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol as Congress met to certify Biden's November 3 election victory.
The resulting assault, viewed with shock around the world, left a police officer and four others dead in its wake, as rioters breached the Capitol and forced lawmakers into hiding for their own safety.
A small but growing number of Republicans have joined calls for Trump to step down, and several high-ranking administration officials resigned in protest.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, said on Friday that Trump should resign immediately and suggested she would consider leaving the party altogether if Republicans cannot separate themselves from him.
"I want him out. He has caused enough damage," she told the Anchorage Daily News.
Senator Ben Sasse, a frequent Trump critic from Nebraska, told CBS News he would "definitely consider" impeachment because the president "disregarded his oath of office."
Another Republican senator, Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey, said on Saturday that Trump "committed impeachable offenses."
“I do think the president committed impeachable offenses,” Toomey, who is planning to retire from office in 2022, said on Fox News.
Trump allies, including Senator Lindsey Graham and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, however, urged Democrats to shelve any impeachment effort in the name of unity.
"Impeaching President Donald Trump with 12 days remaining in his presidency would only serve to further divide the country," said White House spokesman Judd Deere.
Pope Francis said on Saturday that anyone engaged in attacks on democracy must be condemned.
"I was astonished because they are people so disciplined in democracy," the pontiff told Italy's Canale 5 news channel in his first public comments on the events.Mitch McConnell told his Republican colleagues in the upper chamber that the earliest a second trial would begin is Inauguration DayCredit: AFP or licensors Trump's trial could formally begin on the day Joe Biden, pictured, is inaugurated as the next presidentCredit: AP:Associated Press
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