HAPPENING TODAY: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats are arguing for the House to approve an article of impeachment charging President Trump with “incitement of insurrection” and “inciting violence against the government of the United States.”
Democrats say Trump is a “threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution” if he is allowed to remain in office.
President Trump has repeatedly called for healing and unity, promising a peaceful transition in the aftermath of the deadly Capitol Hill riot that Democrats accuse him of causing.
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California Democrat Rep. Adam Schaffer argues, “Every day he’s in office he remains a clear a present danger to the country.”
At least five House Republicans plan to vote to impeach the president – possibly up to a dozen – including Liz Cheney, the third highest-ranking GOP lawmaker in the House.
Here's a relevant portion of the US Constitution that's at issue today:
Fourteenth Amendment - Section 3
No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Meanwhile, Trump said Tuesday, “For Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger... I want no violence."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy agrees that today's vote could inflame even more outrage, saying “an impeachment at this time would have the opposite effect of bringing our country together.”
Any Senate impeachment trial could also drag into the future, potentially dominating President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda during his early days in office. Even Biden is trying to negotiate with congressional Democrats not to spend all the country's time on their bid to impeach Trump. “Can we go half-day on dealing with the impeachment, and half a day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate,” Biden pleaded.
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