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House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against Donald Trump on Monday. It charges the President with “incitement of insurrection” for encouraging the crowd at Wednesday’s “Stop the Steal” rally to march to the U.S. Capitol. The ensuing riot temporarily shut down the legislative branch and resulted in deaths. The text follows (click to enlarge):
Before pursuing impeachment, the House will vote on a resolution asking Vice President Mike Pence to activate the 25th Amendment and remove Trump. If Pence does not respond within 24 hours of its passage, the House will consider impeachment.
There are only nine days left before Donald Trump’s presidential term ends.
My quick analysis is that this is all for show. If Speaker Pelosi actually wanted to remove Trump from office before Jan. 20, the House would have voted for impeachment by Friday (or over the weekend at the very latest) and delivered it to the Senate Monday. She doesn’t need to issue ultimatums to Pence, since Congress has the power to remove the President whenever they like.
Pelosi also is well aware that the Senate is out of session and Senate Majority Leader said the earliest they could reconvene is after Joe Biden’s inauguration.