Published: 2021-01-11 18:59
Last Updated: 2021-01-11 18:59
Monday, Democrats introduced an impeachment article in Congress with the aim of removing Donald Trump from the White House nine days before the end of his term, a move that will leave an imprint in US history and could stamp his political future.
After the events of the Capitol that left five people dead and shocked the country and the world, the Democrats launched their move to accelerate his exit from power, saying he is an "unbalanced" president who poses an "imminent threat" to American democracy.
Monday, Democrats presented to the House of Representatives the text of the accusation against Donald Trump, the first step towards launching a formal second impeachment measure against the outgoing US president, whom they accuse of "inciting violence" in the Capitol building.
In parallel, the Democrats who hold the majority in the House of Representatives submitted another bill asking US Vice President Mike Pence to dismiss Trump by activating the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
A Republican lawmaker objected to the draft resolution's immediate unanimous adoption, and thus a vote must be held in a plenary session from Tuesday.
Sunday, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued an ultimatum to Mike Pence that he must urgently implement the 25th Amendment of the constitution, which authorizes the vice president to declare that the president is "unfit" to exercise his duties.
It gave him 24 hours to respond to the request of the House of Representatives, which was included in the first draft resolution, and which will be given by the executive authorities in the final days of the Trump era.
The indictment presented formally paves the way for a second "impeachment" measure against Donald Trump.
President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20 at the Capitol.
- Trump in Texas on Tuesday -
Sunday, some Republican lawmakers called on Donald Trump to resign to spare the country the complications of an impeachment procedure as well as resort to activating the 25th amendment to the constitution.
Democrats and a few Republicans believe that the outgoing president encouraged his supporters to reach the Capitol last Wednesday, as Mike Pence was announcing, according to the constitution, the results of the presidential elections that took place Nov. 3.
And communications between Trump and his long-loyal Pence have been cut off since Wednesday.
CBS reported that Trump, who is isolated in the White House, and whose accounts on Twitter and other social media have been closed in an effort to avoid any new incitement to violence, could speak Monday.
He plans to visit Texas Tuesday to pay tribute to his immigration policy and the construction of the border wall with Mexico.
Monday, US First Lady Melania Trump broke her silence since the violence on the Capitol, perpetrated by Trump supporters, and condemned the "attacks" she believes she is under.