House speeding to impeach Trump for Capitol ‘insurrection’

House speeding to impeach Trump for Capitol ‘insurrection’
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says President Trump "represents an imminent threat". Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Democrats have introduced an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his role in last week’s deadly invasion of the US Capitol.

The article filed in the House, led by Democrats, on Monday accuses Mr Trump of “incitement of insurrection”.

Democrats say a vote on the article of impeachment will go ahead in the House on Wednesday unless Vice President Mike Pence invokes constitutional powers to remove the president from office.

Mike Pence is said to oppose the idea.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “The president represents an imminent threat to our constitution, our country and the American people, and he must be removed from office immediately.”

Calls for Donald Trump’s resignation, removal from office or impeachment have grown among Democratic leaders and some Republicans as well in the days following the riots in Congress in which five people died.

The impeachment resolution accuses Mr Trump of encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol at a rally in which the president alleged, without evidence, that the last presidential election was “stolen” from him.

The White House has dismissed the impeachment threat by Democrats as “politically motivated”, but President Trump has made no public statements since he was banned from several social media platforms – including Facebook and Twitter – on Friday.

He is due to leave office on 20 January, when president-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as president. President Trump has said he will not attend Joe Biden’s swearing-in ceremony.

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