U.S. House Moving Toward Beginning Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump

by Delphine Luneau


House Democrats could begin formal impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump next week, seeking again to initiate the process to remove him from office, this time during the final two weeks of his term in office.

Multiple media outlets were reporting Friday afternoon that U.S. Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.; Ted Lieu, D-Calif.; and David Cicilline, D-R.I., had drafted a single article of impeachment against Trump over the events that led to Wednesday’s violent incursion of the U.S. Capitol, which led to five deaths.

According to a four-page draft of the impeachment resolution, the president would be accused of “high crimes and misdemeanors” that would necessitate his removal from office.

The resolution points to Trump’s remarks during a rally near the White House on Wednesday at which he exhorted his supporters to go to the Capitol and register their displeasure over the imminent votes to certify the Electoral College results formally making Joe Biden the president-elect.

“He … willfully made statements that encouraged – and forseeably resulted in – imminent lawless action at the Capitol,” the resolution reads. “Incited by President Trump, a mob unlawfully breached the Capitol, injured law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress and the Vice President, interfered with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify election results, and engaged in violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”

NBC News was among the outlets reporting that Raskin, Lieu and Cicilline intend to introduce the resolution Monday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a letter to the House of Representatives on Friday, indicated that impeachment proceedings would move forward unless the president resigns “immediately.”

She noted Republicans had called for the resignation of former President Richard Nixon after the Watergate scandal, and she said they need to do so again.

“Today, following the president’s dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow that example and call on Trump to depart his office – immediately,” she wrote, according to The New York Times. “If the president does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action.”

If the House does impeach Trump, he would become the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. The Democrat-controlled House voted to approve three articles of impeachment against him in December 2019, but the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted him of all three charges in February 2020.

Biden hasn’t endorsed the idea of impeaching the president, saying Friday it was a “judgment for the Congress to make,” according to Politico.

The White House, in a statement, argued a move toward impeachment would be a futile effort.

“As President Trump said yesterday, this is a time for healing and unity as one Nation,” the statement read. “A politically motivated impeachment against a President with 12 days remaining in his term will only serve to further divide our great country.”

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Delphine Luneau is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience. She was the editor of Suburban Life Media when its flagship was named best weekly in Illinois, and she has worked at papers in South Carolina, Indiana, Idaho and New York. Luneau is a regional editor to The Center Square.









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4 Thoughts to “U.S. House Moving Toward Beginning Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump”

  1. Traditional Thinker

    Nancy’s about to be fashioning a nice orange jumpsuit. Her favorite color, along with many more of her dem peers. There will be some republican rhinos on her cell block as well I’m certain.

  2. Thomas Barry

    If there was a second political party, they would be looking for other politicians calling directly for comments actually inciting violence! mad max etc

  3. Julie

    This is a nice diversion Nancy but once Trump releases the goods you are going to go to jail. Starting to see some overseas action this morning which is why there are efforts to take down Parler and others. Remember there are 6 companies that control all of our media.

  4. Roger

    Pelosi has to be one of the most hateful, egotistical house members we’ve ever had. If I was Trump I would never back down, but I would activity campaign against every republican who sides with the liberals in any impeachment actions. If Trump had intentionally set out to start rioting I’d say jail him, but every one in Washington knows that wasn’t what he was talking about, and for them to say anything different shows the liars they are.