The House will vote Wednesday to impeach President Trump, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol on Monday.
House Democrats Monday launched an effort to have President Trump removed from office, attempting to pass legislation by unanimous consent calling for Vice President Mike Pence to deem him unfit for office following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by some of his followers.
The measure, which would have Pence use the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to replace Trump, was easily blocked by Republicans in a pro forma session. Lawmakers will now reconvene to hold a roll-call vote in order to pass it, along with at least one article of impeachment.
Democrats on Monday introduced an impeachment resolution, authored by a group of Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee. The impeachment article accuses Trump of “incitement of insurrection.” Five people died during the siege, including a police officer and a protester shot as she attempted to gain entry into a hallway outside the House chamber.
The House will vote on Wednesday on the impeachment measure, Hoyer said.
Pelosi told lawmakers on Sunday that she would seek to remove Trump during his final days in office because she believes the president is “unhinged” and should not remain in power a moment longer.
The Senate is not in session, however, and won’t be able to consider a House-passed impeachment article until Jan. 20 at 1 p.m., which is one hour after Trump leaves office. Convicting an ex-president on impeachment articles is not outlined in the Constitution and could be legally questionable. Senate Democrats are expected to take over the majority in the coming days after winning two Georgia Senate seats on Jan. 5.
Most Republicans appear to oppose impeachment, arguing it would further divide the country and escalate tensions.
They argue Congress should allow Trump to leave office voluntarily in nine days.
Trump announced he won’t attend Joe Biden’s swearing-in on Jan. 20.
The brief House session opened with the clerk reading the resignation letter of Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, who was asked to resign following the siege and easy penetration of the Capitol by the rioters.
Source: Washington Examiner: House to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’