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House Democrats to seek President Donald Trump's impeachment over 'insurrection' attempt at the US Capitol - ABC News

The Democrat who helped draft articles of impeachment to be brought against US President Donald Trump is confident the move will have the support of some Republicans.

Ted Lieu said the formal articles of impeachment, which will be introduced by Democrats in the House of Representatives on Monday local time, have already drawn 180 co-sponsors.

The charges brought against Mr Trump would be "very narrow" and relate to the President encouraging rioters to storm the Capitol, Mr Lieu said.

"This is a very narrow article of impeachment, we don't talk about all the other [alleged] crimes that Donald Trump did, it is focused on the insurrection," Mr Lieu told CNN.

Mr Trump faces the renewed drive by Democrats to remove him from office with only days left in his presidency, after being silenced by Twitter and shunned by a growing number of Republican officials.

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Mr Lieu is confident members of Mr Trump's own party support the articles of impeachment.

"We're very pleased that [Republican] Senator Ben Sasse says he is open to impeachment. We know that [Republican] Senator Murkowski has called on Donald Trump to resign," he said.

"There have been conversations with other Republicans, we hope some will co-sponsor, but in any event we believe we will have some who will vote for this article if it comes to a floor vote. There will be Republicans who will vote for it."

Pelosi calls for immediate resignation

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for Mr Trump to resign.(AP: J. Scott Applewhite)

Top congressional Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened to impeach Mr Trump for a historic second time unless he resigned "immediately", a move the President is unlikely to consider.

Ms Pelosi has also asked members to draft legislation aimed at invoking the US Constitution's 25th Amendment, which allows the removal of a president unable to fulfill the duties of the office.

Mr Trump "has done something so serious — that there should be prosecution against him", Ms Pelosi said.

The intensifying effort to oust him from the White House has drawn scattered support from Republicans, whose party has been splintered by the President's actions.

Democrats have pressed Vice-President Mike Pence to consider the 25th Amendment, but a Pence adviser has said he opposes the idea.

The chance Mr Trump will actually be removed before January 20, when president-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, remains small.

Any impeachment in the House would trigger a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, which is scheduled to be in recess until January 19. It has already acquitted Mr Trump once before.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a memo to his fellow Republican senators suggesting a trial would not begin until Mr Trump was out of office, a source familiar with the document told Reuters.

A conviction in the Senate requires a two-thirds vote.

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Trump vows to "never concede" before protests erupt

Democrats will take control of the Senate later this month, after Georgia certifies two runoff elections won by Democratic challengers.

Twitter permanently cut off Mr Trump's personal account and access to his nearly 90 million followers, citing the risk of further incitement of violence, three days after Trump exhorted thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol as Congress met to certify Mr Biden's November 3 election victory.

The resulting assault, viewed with shock around the world, left a police officer and four others dead, as rioters breached the Capitol and forced lawmakers into hiding for their own safety.

'I want him out'

Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Friday that Mr Trump should resign immediately, and suggested she would consider leaving the party altogether if Republicans cannot separate themselves from him.

"I want him out. He has caused enough damage," she said.

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Could Donald Trump be removed from office over riots?

Senator Ben Sasse, of Nebraska, a frequent critic of Mr Trump, said he would "definitely consider" impeachment because the President "disregarded his oath of office".

Trump allies, including Senator Lindsey Graham and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, however, urged Democrats to shelve any impeachment effort in the name of unity.

A copy of draft articles of impeachment circulating among members of Congress charge Mr Trump with "inciting violence against the government of the United States" in a bid to overturn his loss to Mr Biden.

The House impeached Trump in December 2019 for pressuring the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden, but the Senate acquitted him in February 2020.

Only two other presidents have been impeached, and none has been impeached twice.

Mr Trump spent months falsely claiming the election was stolen from him due to widespread fraud.

Dozens of courts across the country have thrown out lawsuits seeking to challenge the results, and election officials in both parties have said there is no evidence to support his allegations.

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