House Democrats file impeachment charge accusing Trump of “incitement of insurrection”

Vote on impeachment to happen Tuesday should Vice President Pence not remove current president from office

House Democrats unveiled an impeachment resolution accusing President Trump of “incitement of an insurrection” over the January 6 attack on the Capitol, moving closer to impeaching the president for a second time, less than two weeks before he leaves office.

The impeachment resolution, which has the backing of at least 210 Democrats, says the president “engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”

The resolution cites Mr. Trump’s speech to supporters on January 6 near the White House, before the crowd moved to the Capitol. 

“Thus incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts,” the article says.

Meanwhile, House Republicans blocked a measure brought by Democrats calling on Vice President Mike Pence to convene the Cabinet and invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the House will vote on the measure on Tuesday, and could proceed with impeachment if Pence doesn’t act.

Under the 25th Amendment, the vice president can assume power as acting president if a majority of the Cabinet determines the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

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