US House will vote to urge Trump declared incapable before impeachment: Pelosi

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2021

If Vice President Mike Pence does not agree to invoke the amendment, "we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation" in the House, Pelosi said.

Officials with Biden's transition declined to comment on Pelosi's letter. If he doesn't get it, lawmakers will bring it to the House floor for a vote Tuesday, she said.

Ms Pelosi said that first the House will try to force vice president Mike Pence and the Cabinet to oust Mr Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment. If it is blocked by Republicans, which is nearly certain, the House will convene for a full House vote on Tuesday.

Under the procedure, the vice president "would immediately exercise powers as acting President", she wrote.

But Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a centrist Democrat whose vote could be crucial in the new, evenly divided Senate, told CNN an impeachment after January 20 "doesn't make any common sense whatsoever".

House Democrats were expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday. The strategy would be to condemn the president's actions swiftly but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days.

That would allow Mr Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he is inaugurated on January 20. But he also his inauguration would be the quickest way to get Trump out of office.

"We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours", she said.

She said that the act to impeach the president again would require "great solemnity" going forward.

Representative James Clyburn, a member of the House Democratic leadership, said Sunday that the House could hold on to the articles of impeachment for as much as 100 days.

One reason Democrats might pursue conviction, even after Trump leaves office, is to prevent him from ever being able to run again for federal office.

Some Democrats, for their part, have expressed concern that a Senate trial would overshadow and hamper Biden's efforts to quickly lay out his agenda, starting with the fight against the coronavirus and the need to support the economy.

More than 200 House Democrats have signed on to co-sponsor an impeachment resolution that accuses Trump of "Incitement of Insurrection", and says he engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by "willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States" in connection with the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday by throngs of his supporters.

Senator Marco Rubio said that instead of coming together, Democrats want to "talk about ridiculous things like "Let's impeach a president" with just days left in office.

"Maybe we'll send the articles sometime after that".

It is not the first time during his presidency that the amendment has been mentioned in relation to Mr Trump.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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