As calls for Donald Trump’s impeachment grew on Saturday, House Democrats banded together to support a strategy to counter the threat posed by a president who called on a mob on Jan. 6 to storm the Capitol, where Members Congressional election of Joe confirmed Biden as Trump’s successor. Three key members of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee – Representatives David Cicilline from Rhode Island, Ted Lieu from California and Jamie Raskin from Maryland – have won over 175 cosponsors on a draft impeachment trial against Trump, which is expected to be unveiled on Monday and brought in as early as Monday Ready for exam Wednesday.
There were also indications that the House could take additional steps to promote accountability and pressure the Republican-controlled Senate to take the necessary action in the final days of Trump’s presidency. Rather than imagining Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and removing the President, Members of the House are talking about accepting Raskin’s proposal to tooth the provisions of Congressional oversight. And there is a burgeoning discussion of using a constitutional option 14. Amendment To keep Trump from ever taking office again.
The week ahead has the potential for the House to take decisive action on a multi-faceted agenda, the elements of which are outlined below, to address an urgent moment in which the nation will understand what cicillins are called “an attempted coup. It is not asking too much for Democrats to courageously take a series of accountability measures at the same time. In fact, it is the best strategy for dealing with the crisis that arises when the president causes an insurrection.
Any formal action taken to hold Trump accountable will matter now and to posterity. Beth Huang, executive director of Massachusetts Voter Table, is one of the most effective democracy activists in the country. explained After the Capitol attack that killed five people and interrupted confirmation of the results of a presidential election that Trump lost, “I want Trump to be removed so that every fifth grader who asks why Mike Pence was president for 2 days.” “Hears a story about why white supremacy and fascism threaten democracy. Millions of students will ask this question over the next few decades, knowing they must reject fascism. ”
That is what every American with a conscience and honest concern for the fate of the nation should wish for.
It remains to be seen how far Congress will get in the formal project of removing Trump – or forcing his resignation. Nobody is naive; The bitter experience reminds us of the existing party-political and structural barriers. Yet every step that is taken to contain Trump right now, and every step that is taken to protect oneself from future abuses, matters. “This is absolutely about Trump. But it’s about so much more than Trump, ”said Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan, a key member of the House who is one of the most ardent proponents of bold and immediate action. “If Congress does nothing, if Congress does too little, it will essentially say that the conduct of the past four years, the disregard for the Constitution and democracy, the threat to the ability of elected officials to rule what we do are seen on Wednesday, will be part of who we are, what this country is. “
Speculation about the barriers to action, especially in a Republican-controlled Senate, has grown too much. The fact is that the house can and must do a lot. If you respond decisively to a targeted package of initiatives, pressure will come on the Senate to take up accountability proposals while Trump remains in office and after his departure. And it can talk to future presidents – and to future generations who must never forget what Trump went through this country.
At this critical point, attention focuses on three measures of accountability. They can be raised and addressed this week. They have the potential to at least secure bipartisan support in the house. And they can put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Republicans to respond the calling from Chuck Schumer, leader of the Senate minority in New York, and for measures to remove the president. You are:
- Impeachment proceedings. Several impeachment orders have been or are being drafted. The privileged impeachment decision written by Cicilline, Lieu and Raskin – has gained the most traction, Securing 176 co-sponsors from Saturday afternoon. The resolution recounts how Trump incited the mob who “illegally violated the Capitol, injured law enforcement personnel,” “threatened members of Congress and the Vice President,” and “committed violent, lethal, destructive and seditious acts” – in Crime in all respects – and thus “to betray his confidence as President in the obvious harm to the people of the United States”. Katherine Clark, Massachusetts Deputy Speaker, says“We can use procedural tools to quickly get impeachment proceedings to speak for a vote in the House.”
How fast? House leaders are likely to ask the House Rules Committee, which is expected to meet on Monday, to adopt a fast-track strategy that will put the measure straight for review on Wednesday. McConnell pulls his feet up and suggests that the Senate cannot act until January 19, the day before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. But impeachment supporters believe that swift House action will meet the urgency of the moment, put pressure on House Republicans who have condemned the president to concrete action, and provide a framework for a swift Senate response if Trump does more Causes problems – as many will suspect – in the coming days.
- Bar Trump will never hold office again. On Friday, when House Democrats were discussing the reactions to Trump’s uprising, there was some discussion about a 14th Amendment strategy that should no longer keep Trump in office. Section three The amendment states: “No one may be a senator or representative in Congress, or electorate for the President and Vice President, or hold any civil or military office in the United States or in any state that has previously assumed an oath, as a member of the Congress, or as an official of the United States, or as a member of a state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of a state in support of the United States Constitution, must have undertaken in insurrection or rebellion against it, or as aid or comfort to its enemies. ” Fifth section of the amendment passed after the Civil War to prevent Confederate supporters from returning to power:grants Congress the power to adopt “Appropriate” legislation to enforce the other parts of the change. ”
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner suggests that the House could, by a simple majority, blame Trump for inciting insurrections and effectively prevent him from running again for the presidency. “This can be used against anyone who has ever taken an oath to support the Constitution, including the President,” he said. “It’s a lot easier than impeachment. It’s not a lawsuit. It’s a political process. It’s not a lawyer or a lawsuit. It’s just about qualifying for office. You could spend an afternoon debating and voting.” Senate would require a simple majority, as opposed to the two-thirds majority required for impeachment.
- Put teeth in the 25th amendment. Vice President Pence has signaled that he will not heed the call by Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove that president by invoking the 25th amendment immediately. This shows the weakness of the amendment that Members of Congress can highlight this week. Pelosi said Friday, if Pence fails to act, “I have directed the regulatory committee to stand ready to promote the 25th amendment bill for Congressman Jamie Raskin and impeachment.” Raskin’s bill would prompt Congress to establish and appoint an independent oversight commission on the capacity of the president – as allowed under the amendment – that would determine the suitability of a president to continue in office. Trump is not specifically mentioned, as he has stated The nation last year. However, the immediate approval of this legislation could put pressure on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, even in the final days of Trump’s tenure, and possibly Trump to step down.
Last week, Trump exposed the threat. This week, Congress can address that threat and, as Representative Lieu says, “ensure for the next 200 years of our republic that our children know that we have taken swift action after an attack on our Capitol and Congress.”