WASHINGTON – Democratic House leaders are planning a vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as early as the middle of next week, Deputy House Speaker Katherine Clark said on Friday.
“We know we have little time, but every day that Donald Trump is President of the United States is a day of grave danger. So we can use procedural tools to quickly get articles of impeachment for a vote. of the House, “Clark, D-Mass., said on CNN’s” New Day. “
Asked what time the House Judiciary Committee might present the articles, Clark replied, “It will be … as early as the middle of next week.”
After the interview, Clark clarified that Democrats are still working to determine the timeline.
On Thursday evening, Clark told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that Democrats are “committed” to holding Trump accountable and said they plan to move forward with impeachment if Vice President Mike Pence refuses to do so. invoke the 25th amendment.
NBC News has learned that Democratic leaders met Thursday night to discuss how to remove the president from office, according to a congressman who was in the room. They discussed how to speed up the process and may remind the House to meet on Monday to begin the process.
The issue has yet to be decided and voices have been heard at the leaders’ meeting, arguing for different approaches to the question of whether to impeach. But with Vice President Mike Pence appearing to signal he will not invoke the 25th Amendment, the discussion became more urgent on Thursday.
Leaders will discuss the issue on a noon conference call with House Democrats.
It is not clear whether Republicans in the House would be prepared to support impeachment at this point, but members are so angry with what happened on Capitol Hill that political assumptions and standards are not what ‘they have been. “People are pissed off,” a Republican source said.
An impeachment vote in the middle of next week would only give the Senate one week to hold a trial before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20.
Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Signaled on Friday that he was prepared to potentially condemn Trump and remove him from office if the House imposes Trump.
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“The House, if they come together and have a process, I will certainly consider the items they might propose, because as I told you, I believe the president disregarded his oath,” he said on “CBS This Morning.” “What he did was mean.”
Clark said the House “can move quickly when we want it” and suggested they could bypass some Congressional procedures like Republicans have done in the past with their legislation and speed up articles of impeachment.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, DN.Y., made it clear in a statement Thursday night that he supports the president’s immediate impeachment and impeachment.