Daily US Times: Democratic leaders plan to introduce an article of impeachment against President Trump for his role in Wednesday’s invasion of the US Capitol.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, top Democratic leader, said she would move forward with impeachment if Mr Trump did not resign immediately.
The charge of “incitement of insurrection” is set to be introduced by House Democrats on Monday.
They accuse President Trump of encouraging a riot in Congress in which five people died.
President-elect Joe Biden, who is about to take oath in January 20, said impeachment was for Congress to decide, but said he had thought “for a long time President Trump was not fit to hold the job”.
The White House dismissed the impeachment as a “politically motivated” move that would “only serve to further divide our great country”.
Nearly 160 Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have signed on to the bill, which congressmen David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Ted Lieu of California began drafting while they were sheltering in place during Wednesday’s chaos at the Capitol.
If the impeachment process does go ahead, it would be the second time the House has pursued impeachment against Mr Trump.
In December 2019, the House impeached President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. But the Senate, upper chamber of Congress, acquitted him on both charges in February 2020.
No US president in history has ever been impeached twice. However, the prospect of an impeachment conviction seems remote because of President Trump’s Republican broad support in the Senate.
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