House Democrats on Monday formally introduced their resolution to impeach President Donald Trump, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” when his supporters violently breached the US Capitol last Wednesday.
The impeachment resolution that the House is set to vote on later this week is the Democrats’ first step toward making Trump the first president in history to be impeached twice.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., tried to pass a resolution prepared by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., that calls on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, but House Republicans blocked the request.
Democrats will now hold a floor vote on the legislation as early as Tuesday, according to CNN.
The resolution, which was introduced by Democrats David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Ted Lieu of California, during a brief session of the House cited the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, noting that it “prohibits any person who has ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion against’ the United States” from holding office, the report said.
The impeachment article, also points to Trump’s repeated false claims that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on January 6 before pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol.
It also cites Trump’s January 2 phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger urging him to “find” enough votes to overturn the state’s election results as part of his effort “to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.”
“We cannot allow this unprecedented provocation to go unanswered,” Raskin, Lieu, and Cicilline said in a statement. “Everyone involved in this assault must be held accountable, beginning with the man most responsible for it President Donald Trump. We cannot begin to heal the soul of this country without first delivering swift justice to all its enemies foreign and domestic.”