Jan. 11 (UPI) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the House will vote on a resolution Monday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office.
In a letter to her Democratic House colleagues, Pelosi said that the House on Monday will seek to pass the resolution that would call on Pence to convene and mobilize the Cabinet to declare Trump incapable of executing the duties of his office, following his role in an insurrection at the Capitol building on Wednesday by Unanimous Consent.
If the measure does not pass by Unanimous Consent, the legislation will be brought up on the House floor the next day, followed by bringing impeachment legislation against Trump.
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this president represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi wrote. “As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action. ”
Earlier in the day, House Democratic Whip James Clyburn said that the House may wait until after President-elect Joe Biden‘s first 100 days in office to send a vote to the Senate, on whether to impeach Trump, as support for a second impeachment grows in Congress.
Clyburn, D-S.C., told CNN’s “State of the Union” that delaying the start of an impeachment trial until the end of Biden’s first 100 days would allow him to implement his agenda without a trial looming over his actions.
“We’ll take a vote that we should take in the House and [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] will make the determination as to when is the best time to get that vote and get the managers appointed and move that legislation over to the Senate,” he said. “It just so happens that if it didn’t go over there for 100 days, it could — lets’ give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running and maybe we’ll send the articles sometime after that.”
Biden, when asked about the push for impeachment, responded Friday during a news conference: “What the Congress decides to do is for them to decide, but I’m going to have to — and they’re going to have to be ready to hit the ground running. Because when [Vice President-elect Kamala Harris] and I are sworn in, we’re going to be introducing immediately significant pieces of legislation to deal with the virus, to deal with the economy and deal with economic growth.”
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., on Saturday said that Articles of Impeachment had received 180 co-sponsors and would be introduced on Monday during the House’s pro forma session.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Friday said the earliest his chamber could take up the issue of impeachment is Jan. 19, when the Senate returns to fully convene for business.
Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., on Sunday joined Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in calling for Trump to resign, saying he had “spiraled down into a kind of madness” following the election.
“I think the best way for our country … is for the president to resign and go away as soon as possible,” Toomey said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” “I acknowledge that may not be likely, but I think that would be best.”
Toomey had previously said he thought Trump’s actions constituted an “impeachable offense” and on Sunday said he should be disqualified from running for office.
“I don’t think he’s a viable candidate for office ever again because of the outrageous behavior in the post-election period,” he said.
The House adopted two articles of impeachment the last time — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — on Dec. 18, 2019. The Senate acquitted Trump of these charges on Feb. 5, 2020. No Republicans voted to impeach in the House. In the Senate, Mitt Romney was the sole Republican senator to vote to impeach and it was only on the abuse of power count.