US Democrats push for Trump's impeachment

Monday, January 11
Newsday and agencies

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed ahead Sunday to impeach Donald Trump in the waning days of his presidency, contending he should be held accountable for last Wednesday’s mayhem that left five people dead at the U.S. Capitol as a mob of Trump supporters stormed past police into the building.

No final decision has been made, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could introduce an impeachment resolution on Monday accusing Trump of inciting an insurrection in a futile effort to block Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.  

Biden has taken a hands-off stance on the impeachment move against the outgoing president who has yet to concede the election, even though Trump has acknowledged there will be a “new administration” in Washington come January 20.

“In 10 days, we move forward and rebuild — together,” Biden said Sunday on Twitter.

Given that Trump will be out of office within days, there is little likelihood that the Senate would hold an impeachment trial before his term ends, although it could still do so after he leaves, and if it convicts him, keep him from ever holding office again.

Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a long-time Trump critic, said she would introduce two articles of impeachment against Trump on Monday, “abuse of power” for pressuring election officials in the southern state of Georgia to overturn Biden’s narrow win in the state and “incitement of violence for orchestrating an attempted coup against our country” with the storming of the Capitol.

At least 180 House Democrats have signed on to the impeachment effort, but that is short of the 218 majority in the 435-member House and no Republicans have voiced their support for it.

Trump and the White House have remained silent on the possible impeachment. The White House says Trump is scheduled to visit Texas on Tuesday to highlight his administration’s work on a border wall separating the U.S. from Mexico.  

Former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who quit as Trump’s special envoy to Northern Ireland last week to protest Trump’s urging supporters to march to the Capitol, told Fox News that “something is very different” in Trump’s actions in the post-election period as he faces defeat.

He said that Trump can claim successes during his presidency, but said, “All of that changed on Wednesday and I don’t know why.” Mulvaney once was a House member before joining the Trump administration but said that if he were now facing a vote to impeach Trump, he would have to consider it “really, really seriously.”