A roadmap of President Trump’s last days in office
The 25th amendment and impeachment have been discussed as a way to speed up the president’s final days. Regardless, he’s gone on Jan. 20.
With only 12 days left in office, Trump’s presidency is imploding, as more than 190 members of Congress are calling for impeachment.
If this comes to fruition, Trump would become the first President to be impeached not once, but twice.
More than 60 Democrats, led by Reps. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, sent a letter to Democratic leaders Friday asking that they reconvene and work to impeach Trump following Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol.
“We write to ask respectfully that the House reconvene immediately to reckon with the assault on our democracy that we experienced on January 6th,” they wrote.
Specifically, they would meet over whether Trump should face consequences for inciting the events of January 6.
“We could take up the question of whether President Trump should be censured or impeached for encouraging a violent attack on the United States Congress, as well as Representative Raskin’s proposal that Congress appoint a body, as provided by the 25th Amendment, to determine whether the President is fit to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” they wrote.
The 25th Amendment, proposed by Congress and ratified by the states following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, provides the course of action to take in the event that a President dies, is removed, resigns, or is incapacitated.
The President of the United States is an imminent danger to our nation and democracy.
He incited a violent mob attack on the Capitol. He turned on his own citizens to hold onto power.
He should be removed. Either through resignation, the 25th Amendment or impeachment.
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) January 8, 2021
Rep. Malinowski told Politico that impeaching the president for a second time is an immensely grave matter.
“The President encouraged a violent attack on the United States Capitol to prevent Congress from exercising our constitutional duties. That’s about as impeachable an act as I can think of,” he said.
On Thursday, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee introduced Articles of Impeachment as well as a lengthy statement that explores the ways in which Trump has “actively and continuously endeavored to undermine the essential institutions and foundations of a democratic system of government in the United States.”
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee introduces articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/NUWXZJaoaH
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) January 8, 2021
In a detailed list, Jackson Lee spelled out eight instances of Trump’s behavior over the last four years that demand repercussions, including his willingness to accept assistance of foreign powers to win reelection, institution of frivolous lawsuits to overturn the 2020 election results, and actively attempting to prevent the timely delivery of mail-in ballots.
Although it seems unlikely given the short amount of time available and the need for a unanimous vote, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has no doubt that it will manifest.
Omar tweeted on Wednesday that she was drawing up Articles of Impeachment, emphasizing that removing Trump from office is a “matter of preserving our Republic.”
I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment.
Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate.
We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 6, 2021
If an impeachment cannot be reached before Jan. 20, Democrats, who will then be in control of the Senate are hopeful about the benefits of pursuing a post-term conviction.
In this case, they could include provisions that would prohibit Trump from ever holding public office again.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi informed Democratic colleagues on Friday that she has discussed a game plan for preventing Trump from initiating a military or nuclear attack.
She said that Democrats will move to impeach him if he does not willingly resign.
If the 25th Amendment is not invoked, Assistant House Speaker Katherine Clark said that a House impeachment vote could happen by next week.
As Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee wrote in the resolution of her statement, Trump is a person “whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
For so many Americans who have been living in a state of shock, fear and outrage since Nov. 3, 2016, a second impeachment and a future free of Trump holding any public office again, is truly poetic justice.