Articles of Impeachment seeking to remove U.S. President Donald Trump from office for “inciting an insurrection at the Capitol” has just reached 180 co-sponsors, Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu said on Twitter Saturday.
The Articles of Impeachment will be introduced on Monday during the House’s pro-forma session, he said.
Calls for Trump’s removal have been rapidly building momentum after thousands of his supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in an attempt to prevent the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s election win.
The riot left five people dead, including Capitol police officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died from injuries sustained while “physically engaging with protesters,” U.S. Capitol police said in a statement Friday.
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This will be the second time the Republican president faces impeachment. In December 2019, Trump became the third U.S. president to have ever been impeached. The only other two sitting presidents to have been impeached are Bill Clinton, who was impeached in 1998, and Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868.
If Democrats succeed, Trump will become the first U.S. president to have ever been impeached twice.
“This unhinged president could not be more dangerous,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has urged Vice-President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and forcibly remove Trump from office if he doesn’t “immediately resign.”
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