BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - House Democrats formally introduced an impeachment resolution on Monday, Jan. 11, the first of several moves toward holding an impeachment vote against President Trump this week. Before that Democrats tried to take up a resolution calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment through unanimous consent but was quickly blocked by Republicans.
“Resolution calling on Vice President Michael R. Pence to convene and mobilize the principal officers of the executive departments of the cabinet to activate section 4 of the 25th amendment to declare President Donald J. Trump incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting president”, said a House Clerk in the House chamber.
“I object”, said Rep. Alex Mooney (R- West Virginia)
The single article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection for his role in the riots at the U.S. capitol last Wednesday.
“This president is guilty of inciting an insurrection. He has to pay a price for that”, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
It also references trump’s repeated claims of a fraudulent election, a claim which has been rejected in multiple state or federal courts to be challenged.
“Well, if he were to fight the 25th amendment being invoked and the only way he would be able to be forced out is if he is declared insane and that’s not likely to happen”, said political analyst Jim Engster
Political analyst Jim Engster says that in order for the 25th amendment to be invoked there would need to be a 2/3 vote in both the house and senate. But for impeachment that’s not the case, there would need to be a majority vote in the house and only a 2/3 vote in the senate.
“And the question is whether Democrats can get 67 votes in the senate because even with a new senate having 50 democrats, that means 17 republicans have to join this and that appears to be a long shot”, said Engster.
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