Trump stares down new impeachment threat

Trump stares down new impeachment threat

President TrumpDonald TrumpMcConnell circulates procedures for second Senate impeachment trial of Trump Trump suggests building own platform after Twitter ban Poll: 18 percent of Republicans support Capitol riots MORE is facing a new threat with less than two weeks left in his presidency as House Democrats inch closer to impeaching him for a second time.

Lawmakers have signaled their division in the aftermath of Wednesday’s riot, which saw Trump supporters storm the Capitol — breaking windows, ransacking offices, and destroying artifacts and other parts of the historic building in the process.

Democrats and GOP lawmakers alike have placed responsibility for the attacks on Trump, who at a rally earlier in the day urged his supporters to march to the Capitol while repeating his disputed claims of a “stolen” election. 

Trump faced further condemnation for social media posts he made during the riot, including one in which he asked his supporters to retreat while simultaneously praising the mob, calling them “very special people” and saying he loved them.

Twitter has since permanently suspended Trump’s account, and both Facebook and Snapchat also issued indefinite suspensions for Trump on their platforms. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPressure grows on Trump to leave Hillicon Valley: Twitter permanently suspends Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and others | Laptop stolen from Pelosi’s office during Capitol riots | Reddit bans r/DonaldTrump forum House chairman: Biden Pentagon pick ‘shares my commitment to civilian control of the military’ MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday said that if Trump does not resign over his role in inciting the riot, which resulted in five deaths, she has directed the House Rules Committee to quickly take up a motion to impeach Trump as well as legislation to create a commission that can declare that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

This came after Pelosi earlier this week suggested that House lawmakers would move to impeach Trump if Vice President Pence and other Cabinet officials did not remove the president by invoking the 25th Amendment.

Pence reportedly opposes using the 1967 amendment, which ensures that the government remains in operation should a sitting president be deemed unfit to perform essential duties.  

A trio of Democratic lawmakers — Reps. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn’t remove him first MORE (R.I.), Ted LieuTed W. LieuDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn’t remove him first MORE (Calif.) and Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn’t remove him first House Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump MORE (Md.) — is preparing to introduce new articles of impeachment against Trump as soon as Monday’s pro forma session. The articles would address both Trump’s role in the Capitol siege and his months-long refusal to accept his election defeat.

Trump for the first time acknowledged his loss in taped remarks Thursday, saying “a new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20” and his “focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power.” 

Trump, however, in one of his final tweets before he was banned from Twitter, announced he would not be attending President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenUS judge blocks Trump administration’s restrictions on asylum eligibility McConnell circulates procedures for second Senate impeachment trial of Trump Top Trump official rescinds then reissues resignation letter to say departure is in protest MORE’s inauguration, breaking with more than a century of tradition. 

With the Jan. 20 inauguration approaching, many have questioned what a Trump impeachment trial would look like with a new president already in the Oval Office. 

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell circulates procedures for second Senate impeachment trial of Trump Top Trump official rescinds then reissues resignation letter to say departure is in protest Member of Senate GOP leadership: Impeaching Trump ‘not going to happen’ MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday circulated a memo to his colleagues outlining the procedure for holding another impeachment trial for Trump. 

The document, which was first reported by The Washington Post, lays out how the Senate would proceed if the House approves articles of impeachment and transmits them to the upper chamber before or by Jan. 19, when senators are scheduled to resume regular business after the January recess.

McConnell says the most likely scenario is for the Senate to receive a message from the lower chamber notifying it of the impeachment action on Jan. 19. That would then give the Senate the option of ordering the House impeachment managers to present those articles on the same day.

Senate impeachment rules say that at 1 p.m. on the day after the managers exhibit the articles, the Senate “must proceed to their consideration,” the memo states. 

As a result, the Senate trial would not begin until one hour after Biden takes the oath of office. 

In the White House’s first public remarks on a potential impeachment, spokesperson Judd DeereJudd DeereWhite House announces Wolf nomination withdrawn after he says Trump should ‘strongly condemn’ Capitol violence Scottish leader says travel rules would also apply to Trump Nashville mayor says Trump hasn’t called since bombing MORE said in a statement Friday that “a politically motivated impeachment against a President with 12 days remaining in his term will only serve to further divide our great country.” 

Republican lawmakers have also warned against an impeachment so close to Inauguration Day, with Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedRepublicans warn Democrats against impeaching Trump again House GOP debates Electoral College vote House passes bill boosting stimulus checks to ,000 in bipartisan vote MORE (N.Y.) telling The Hill on Friday that “it’s more important to focus on healing and doing a peaceful transition of power as the president himself has conceded where we are and impeachment just inflames those that believe this election has been stolen.” 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRepublicans warn Democrats against impeaching Trump again GOP lawmakers voice frustration with leadership response to Trump riots Who let Trump happen? MORE (R-Calif.) also said Friday that he believes “impeaching the President with just 12 days left in his term will only divide our country more.”

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntPaul Ryan will attend Biden’s inauguration Member of Senate GOP leadership: Impeaching Trump ‘not going to happen’ Two Senate committees vow probe of security failure during Capitol riots MORE (R-Mo.) likewise dismissed impeachment calls, arguing that “it’s a ridiculous discussion to have” and he has “enough decisions to make about things that can happen rather than to spend time on things that can’t happen.” 

So far, Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerRepublicans warn Democrats against impeaching Trump again Nikki Haley on Capitol riot: Trump ‘badly wrong with his words’ Trump resignations gaining steam MORE (Ill.) is the only House Republican to publicly back invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell circulates procedures for second Senate impeachment trial of Trump Republicans warn Democrats against impeaching Trump again Pressure grows on Trump to leave MORE (Alaska) on Friday became the first GOP senator to call for Trump’s resignation

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton contributed.

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