House To Move Forward With Trump Impeachment
By Claire Hardwick
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday night the House will vote on the one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
In an interview with 60 Minutes, Pelosi said that while she would prefer for Trump’s cabinet to use the second amendment to remove Trump from office, the House will act if the cabinet fails to.
During the interview, Pelosi showed her Capitol Hill building and the destruction that was caused. She showed the room her staff hid in for two and a half hours, and said it was a coordinated attack. From the room, Pelosi her staff could hear the rioters looking for the speaker, leaving the assumption open there could have been a hostage situation.
The impeachment of President Trump will be the first time in history a president is impeached twice. Pelosi expressed her concerns that while his time in office is less than two weeks, she is nervous about what he will do with his presidential powers during that time period.
In a later to her colleagues, Pelosi said, “In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both. As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
Pelosi said that while resolution for the 25th Amendment, which needs unanimous consent from the House and will most likely be blocked, is there first effort presented by Representative Jamie Raskin, the impeachment process will soon follow.
By Senate procedural rules, without unanimous consent, the impeachment article will not be reviewed by the upper chamber until the Senate resumes session on January 19th. This is important because by the time the trial starts in the Senate, there will be a Democratic majority and a new president in the White House.
As the nation heals from the unprecedented attack from American citizens on the US Capitol, Republicans have argued that impeaching President Trump will only further divide the country and inhibit a path forward for healing.