US House of Representatives spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said the House would press ahead with the indictment against President Donald Trump for encouraging a mob to storm the Capitol if he did not resign “immediately”.
Trump, who lost the November 3rd election, will be replaced by Joe Biden on January 20th, as the constitution stipulates. However, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats believe he should be removed from office immediately following the incident that saw his supporters storm the Capitol on Wednesday.
“It is members’ hope that the president will resign immediately. If he doesn’t, I have directed the regulatory committee to stand ready to move forward with legislation on Congressman Jamie Raskin’s 25th amendment and impeachment motion,” Nancy said Pelosi in a statement on Friday.
“Accordingly, the House will keep any option – including the 25th amendment, a motion to impeach or a privileged impeachment resolution,” she said after the House’s Democratic caucus held hours of discussion on the matter.
Indian-American Congressman Pramila Jayapal said the impeachment process should begin immediately. “Let’s do it now,” she said.
Congressman Kaiali’i Kahele said he fully supported the removal of Trump from office by either invoking the 25th amendment or initiating impeachment proceedings against him.
“We cannot have a seated president in office who incites violence among the people, or who seeks to improve the democratic process and the right of the American people to a fair election … his expressions in front of an excited crowd of his supporters, civil outrage evoked on the grounds of the US Capitol are unforgivable, “he said.
Every day Trump stays in the White House is another day America is insecure, Kahele said.
Kahele is a co-sponsor of two impeachment orders drafted by fellow US Congressmen – one sponsored by Representatives David Cicilline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie Raskin; and the other by Congressman Ilhan Omar.
The resolution by Cicilline, Lieu and Raskin offers a single article on impeachment of abuse of power that covers both incitement to violence against the US and Trump’s urging by the Georgian Foreign Minister to vote.
Ilhan Omar’s resolution includes two articles on impeachment: Trump’s abuse of power and illegal attempts to overthrow the November 2020 presidential election; and his abuse of power to incite violence and orchestrate a coup against the country.
Congressman Gregory Meeks, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, urged Democratic members of the committee to indict Trump in order to start the attack on the Capitol.
In a letter to spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, lawmakers underscored that the president’s actions have already encouraged demagogues around the world and that holding him accountable is crucial in restoring U.S. global leadership on democracy and the rule of law .
“There is a foreign policy need to hold the President accountable for his actions – we need to show the world that no one in America is above the law … the Constitution requires that we, as members of the House of Representatives, use whatever tool we have is available to protect our country and our democracy at this dangerous time by holding those who would harm them accountable. That instrument is impeachment, “wrote members.
Congressman Adam Schiff claimed Trump committed his worst ever crime against the country and the Constitution by inciting a rebellion.
“The risk that he will continue to abuse his power will increase, not decrease, for the remainder of his term in office. To protect the country from further damage, he must resign immediately. The best way would be to resign … Otherwise the Vice-President and the Cabinet should invoke the 25th amendment and exclude him from any further performance of his duties, “he said.
House majority leader Steny Hoyer also called for Trump to be removed from office. “The twenty-fifth amendment would be the quickest way to proceed, but Congress should consider impeachment if that change is not enforced,” he said.