House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats on Sunday night that the House will take up a measure on Monday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office for being unfit.
The California Democrat said lawmakers will attempt to pass the measure by unanimous consent, and if Republicans block it, as they are likely to do, the House will reconvene Tuesday for a vote on the matter, she added.
The resolution calls on Pence to convene the Cabinet and declare Trump “incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting President.”
Following that vote, Pelosi said, the House will take up a resolution to impeach Trump.
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi said. “As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
Pelosi has said in recent days Trump is “unhinged” and should not remain in office a moment longer following the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 after Trump spoke at a rally contesting the election results.
But his term is over in 10 days, and Republicans say they want him to finish it and leave office, rather than forcibly removing him.
If the House impeaches Trump this week, it won’t be considered by the Senate until after Trump has left office. May legal experts say the Constitution does not provide language allowing Congress to impeach an ex-president.
Trump’s term ends on Jan. 20, and the Senate is set to return on Jan. 19. Any impeachment article would not come up until 1 p.m. Jan. 20, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, explained to fellow senators in a memo on Friday.
Author: Susan Ferrechio
Source: Washington Examiner: House will vote on measure urging Pence to remove Trump from office