Pelosi & Impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said for the first time Sunday the House will move to impeach President Donald Trump if Vice President Mike Pence does not remove him.

Pelosi said the House will attempt to pass a resolution by unanimous consent Monday morning calling for Pence and Trump's Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office.

If the resolution doesn't pass by unanimous consent -- and it most assuredly won't given likely Republican resistance -- then the measure will be brought to the floor for a full vote on Tuesday.

The resolution will call on Pence to respond within 24 hours and, if not, the House would move to impeach the President.

"Next," Pelosi said in a letter to Democratic colleagues, "we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor."

"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.

The House will be moving forward with a resolution to impeach President Trump, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, referring to the president in a letter to colleagues as an "imminent threat" to both the U.S. Constitution and democracy.

In the letter Sunday, Pelosi said the House will act with "great solemnity" with less than two weeks remaining before Trump is set to leave office.

The House of Representatives will begin impeachment hearings against President Trump after he helped incite a violent mob in the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote in a letter to colleagues on Sunday. If a vote succeeds, Trump will become the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. “In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi wrote in the letter. According to the AP, Democrats will first attempt to introduce a resolution urging Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which provides for the removal of the president by his Cabinet if they deem him unfit for office. Pence is not expected to carry out that process. No date has been given for a floor vote on impeachment, and with nine days left in Trump’s term, some top Democrats have proposed delaying the trial until 100 days into President-elect Joe Biden’s term, which begins Jan. 20.

“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” she wrote in a letter to Democrat colleagues in the House.

Pelosi said that the president represents an “ongoing assault on our democracy” that requires immediate action.

She said that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer would request unanimous consent to bring up a resolution by Rep. Jamie Raskin calling for Vice President Mike Pence to activate the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

“We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours,” she said.

If the vice president fails, Pelosi said, she will bring up an impeachment resolution on the following day.

She said that the act to impeach the president again would require “great solemnity” going forward.

“Thank you for your patriotism,” she wrote, concluding the letter, “Prayerfully, Nancy Pelosi.”

Pelosi’s ongoing delay would make it significantly more difficult for Democrats to impeach the president before he leaves office, demonstrating that the process will again be more of a political exercise.

On Friday, President-elect Joe Biden avoided taking a position on impeaching the president again with only a few more days left in office, saying he would leave it up to Congressional Democrat leaders.

“It is time for him to go,” Biden said, adding, “The quickest way that that will happen is us getting sworn in.”

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