Congress to take up Trump articles of impeachment tomorrow
The U.S. House is scheduled to take up and likely vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, bringing Congress one step closer to making history and impeaching a president for the second time during his tenure.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland on Monday announced the schedule for the next two days and how the lower chamber will proceed with its attempts in trying to remove Trump, who is set to leave office in nine days. Democrats argue Trump should be held accountable for encouraging his supporters to stop the certification of the Electoral College vote, which later devolved into violents riots and a breach of the U.S. Capitol last week.
The House will first take up and vote Tuesday evening on Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland's legislation calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment for Trump's immediate removal. GOP Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia objected to passing it through unanimous consent on Monday morning, but the bill is expected to pass Tuesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California is then giving Pence 24 hours to respond, U.S. News reported.
Hoyer's office confirmed the House will convene at 9 a.m. Wednesday to consider the articles of impeachment. One article of impeachment, authored by Raskin, Rep. Ted Lieu of California and Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, was introduced at Monday's pro-forma session and seeks to charge the outgoing president with the "incitement of insurrection."
A two-thirds majority, or 67 senators, is needed to convict a president, which has never happened in U.S. history. It would be a tough threshold to reach in what is poised to soon become a 50-50 Senate, meaning 17 Republicans would need to vote in favor if Democrats were unified. So far, GOP Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a Trump critic, has said he'll consider any articles of impeachment the House sends over.
Trump was first impeached in December 2019 over accusations that he pressured Ukraine's president to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, but he was ultimately acquitted by the Senate in early 2020.