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Pelosi said the Democrats’ preferred response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol was for Vice President Pence to remove Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment – an unlikely scenario less than two weeks before Trump left office.
But in a letter to fellow Democrats, the President pledged to vote on impeachment in the absence of Pence action, paving the way for a historic first: the impeachment of a president for the second time in his term.
“In protecting our Constitution and our democracy, we will act urgently, as this president poses an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi wrote in the letter to his grassroots colleagues. “As the days go by, the horror of this president’s continued assault on our democracy intensifies, as does the immediate need to act.”
The timing of the impeachment vote remains unclear.
Pelosi, who was personally targeted by some members of the pro-Trump mob during Wednesday’s insurgency, laid out the Democrats’ strategy for the days to come.
On Monday, they will try to adopt the Democratic representative of Maryland. Jamie raskinJamin (Jamie) Ben Raskin Trump looks down on new impeachment threat Democrats set to impeach Trump again Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again – if Pence doesn’t remove him first MORE25th Amendment resolution by unanimous consent – a sure bet to be blocked by Trump’s conservative allies.
“If we do not receive unanimous consent, this [Raskin] the legislation should be presented to the prosecution the next day. We call on the vice president to respond within 24 hours, ”Pelosi wrote.
“Then we will proceed to the presentation of impeachment legislation to the prosecution,” she added.
But the President did not say when the impeachment vote could take place.
And Rep. James Clyburn (SC), the majority whip, suggested earlier Sunday that Democrats could impeach Trump now but delay sending the articles to the Senate, granting the incoming president Joe bidenJoe BidenKim says North Korean efforts will focus on bringing the U.S. to its knees Amazon suspends Talk about web hosting service Pelosi urges Democrats to prepare to return to DC this week amid impeachment calls MORE time to sit on his cabinet and launch his 100-day program before an impeachment trial takes Congress indefinitely.
“We will proceed to the vote that we should take in the House. And [Pelosi] will determine when is the best time to get that vote, get the managers appointed and transfer this legislation to the Senate, ”Clyburn told CNN. Jake tapperJacob (Jake) Paul Tapper John Kelly Says Trump Cabinet Should Discuss 25th Amendment GOP Senators Face Criticism Over Electoral College Voting Challenges Tapper Taps With DeWine Over GOP Efforts To Reverse Results PLUS elections on Sunday.
“Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his program off the ground,” Clyburn added. “And maybe we’ll send the items out a bit later.”
Updated at 19:21