Donald Trump could be about to make history – but not in a way that he would like.
He may be the first US president in history to be impeached twice. It comes after the riots at the US Capitol building last week. Efforts to impeach Trump again are gaining momentum since the weekend.
Representative Liz Cheney is the third most senior Republican and said: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
The violence at the Capitol happened after Trump encouraged a crowd of supporters in DC to take action. He also repeated his claims of election fraud.
Republican senator Ben Sasse said Trump was “delighted” at the scenes, and seemed surprised others didn’t share his perspective.
Sasse said: “Donald Trump was walking around the White House confused about why other people on his team weren’t as excited as he was as… rioters [pushed] against Capitol police, trying to get into the building. That was happening. He was delighted.”
Ted Lieu is the Californian representative who has drafted the Article of Impeachment. He tweeted: “We have videos of the speech where (Trump) incites the mob. We have videos of the mob violently attacking the Capitol. This isn’t a close call.”
Nancy Pelosi has written a letter to colleagues, urging Mike Pence to invoke the never-used 25th amendment of the US Constitution. This amendment allows the vice president and the cabinet to remove a president deemed unfit to do the job.
Pence wrote back to Pelosi: “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our constitution.”
A vote is due today on the Articles of Impeachment, and as The House is Democrat-controlled so it is likely to pass.
Despite this, the outcome of a trial in the Senate is unclear. In order to secure the two-thirds majority required to convict Trump, at least 17 Republican Senators would need to vote in favour of his impeachment.
If this passes, it means Trump will have been impeached for a second time.
No president in US history has been impeached twice.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Trump said “To continue on this path [of impeachment], I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger.”
“This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you’re doing it, and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing,” he added.
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