Top Democratic lawmaker says Trump impeachment vote to come this week
Democrats have been working rapidly to prepare articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump - and House Majority Whip James Clyburn told Fox News a vote on those will come “probably Tuesday, maybe Wednesday.”
The House move to begin impeachment proceedings comes in response to Trump’s role in inciting a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, with the goal of stopping, delaying, or interfering with congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election. The articles of impeachment draft that has been made available addresses this by accusing Trump of "incitement of insurrection."
But the final articles may also address earlier efforts Trump made to overturn the results of the election. Clyburn told CNN’s State of the Union that he thought a series of phone calls in which Trump cajoled and threatened Georgia state election officials in an effort to have them overturn the state’s presidential vote results “is impeachable and I think it should be brought into the discussion.”
Addressing these concerns, Clyburn indicated to CNN that House Democrats may sit on impeachment until after President-elect Biden’s first 100 days have passed, giving priority instead to the new president’s policy agenda, Vox reported.
Clyburn said figuring out the best way to balance impeachment with the beginning of Biden’s term will ultimately fall to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but said he would suggest, "Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running, and maybe we will send the articles sometime after that."