Senin, 11 Januari 2021

US President Donald Trump facing possible second impeachment - ABC News

Democrats have started their push to force US President Donald Trump from office, introducing one article of impeachment accusing him of inciting insurrection over a violent attack on the Capitol last week.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to take hold a vote on the matter as early as Wednesday.

Passage would make Mr Trump the only president in US history to be impeached twice.

If Mr Trump is convicted, he might be prevented from running again for the presidency or ever holding public office again.

The move comes after thousands of Mr Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol last week.

It forced politicians who were certifying Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's election victory into hiding, in a harrowing assault on the heart of American democracy that left five dead.

An explosion caused by a police munition in front of the US Capitol building during a Trump supporter riot.
Police were unable to stop the violence at the US Capitol Building in Washington last week.(Reuters: Leah Millis)

The clashes came shortly after Mr Trump addressed thousands of his supporters, who had rallied near the White House.

"We will not let them silence your voices," Mr Trump told the protesters as he repeated unfounded claims of election fraud.

"We will never concede. It doesn't happen. You don't concede when there's theft involved."

Dozens of people who attacked police officers, stole computers and smashed windows at the Capitol have been arrested for their role in the violence, and officials have opened 25 domestic terrorism investigations.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, many of her fellow Democrats and a handful of Republicans say Mr Trump should not be trusted to serve out his term, which ends on January 20.

"In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both," Ms Pelosi wrote to her fellow House Democrats on Sunday.

Before the impeachment article was introduced, Republicans blocked an effort to immediately consider a resolution asking Vice-President Mike Pence to invoke the US Constitution's never-used 25th Amendment to remove an unfit president.

The House is expected to vote on Tuesday (local time) on the resolution calling for use of the 25th Amendment, which allows the vice-president and the Cabinet to remove a president who is incapable of fulfilling his duties.

Mr Pence and his fellow Republicans have shown little interest in invoking the amendment.

Donald Trump holds up a bible in front of a church
Donald Trump has not shied away from controversy during his time in office.

Impeachment likely to pass House

Mr Trump acknowledged that a new administration would take office on January 20 in a video statement after the attack, but he has not appeared in public.

Twitter and Facebook have suspended his accounts, citing the risk of him inciting violence.

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Donald Trump vowed to "never concede" before protests erupted.

Democrat representative Jim McGovern, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, said he expected the impeachment article to come to the floor for debate as soon as Wednesday, and he thought it would pass.

House Democrats impeached Mr Trump in December 2019 for pressuring Ukraine to investigate Mr Biden, but the Republican-controlled Senate voted not to convict him.


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2021-01-11 16:44:00Z

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