"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," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Four years ago, when a reality TV show host was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America, many could tell that he would go down in history for something. Now, we know what that something is.
With Democrats giving warnings about Donald Trump and pointing out how his recent statements have incited a mob to besiege the US Capitol, the president is now facing the prospect of impeachment for the second time in one single presidential tenure. As he lives out his final few days of tainted glory in the White House, Trump may be put through another Senate trial, and would become the first American president to be impeached twice, as reported by CNN.
The decision somes as no surprise after the violence unleashed by the MAGA mob on the Capitol last week. Plans to remove Trump from office was shared by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said in a statement on Friday, January 8, as quoted by NBC News, "It is the hope of Members that the President will immediately resign. But if he does not, I have instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared to move forward with Congressman Jamie Raskin’s 25th Amendment legislation and a motion for impeachment. Accordingly, the House will preserve every option—including the 25th Amendment, a motion to impeach or a privileged resolution for impeachment."
Vice President Mike Pence is also facing the pressure to invoke the 25th Amendment and declare that Trump is unfit to carry out his duties as president. When Pelosi wrote to lawmakers, she included a formal request. If Pence heeds the request and invokes the 25th Amendment, it would strip the former reality TV show host of his powers as the president, and make Pence the acting president, according to BBC. On Monday, January 11, Pelosi hopes that a unanimous consent would be passed to implore Pence on invoking the 25th Amendment.
However, if Pence does not take action within the stipulated time, it is likely that Democrats would drag Trump on the path to impeachment for the second time.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said for the first time Sunday the House will move to impeach President Donald Trump if Vice President Mike Pence does not remove him. https://t.co/sOToeqZRwF pic.twitter.com/QR3ul8drQl— CNN (@CNN) January 11, 2021
"In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both," Pelosi wrote in her letter, as quoted by CNN. "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."
Although there is a push for impeachment, many wonder how the complications of it might affect the momentum of Biden's administration as they take over the White House.
Rep. Dean Phillips said, as reported by The Washington Post, "There has to be consequences, and that can take various forms. Clearly, impeachment has its own consequences, and we recognize that we don’t want to impact the Biden administration. And we want to ensure that whatever we pursue can be achieved."