U.S. House most likely to consider impeaching Trump this week

Former US President Donald Trump names lawyers to lead his Impeachment Defense Team

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has shared with lawmakers plans to remove President Donald Trump from office before starting an impeachment process. The House of Representatives would vote on a resolution calling on Vice-President Mike Pence to remove Mr Trump’s presidential powers as reported by BBC.

With Washington still in deep trauma as horrific new details emerge from last week’s outrage, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats will first implore Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare the President unable to fulfill his duties. If, as expected, Pence and the Cabinet balk at that step, Democrats will again unleash the inexorable machinery of impeachment less than a year after Trump’s previous acquittal of high crimes and misdemeanors in a Senate trial. If this move fails, Democrats will introduce a charge of “incitement of insurrection” against Mr Trump over his role in the storming of the Capitol. The first vote could happen on Monday. On Sunday, Ms Pelosi wrote to lawmakers outlining plans for a resolution to formally request that Vice-President Pence invoke the 25th Amendment. The move would allow Mr Pence to become acting president and remove Mr Trump from the White House.

Mr Trump has been accused by Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans of encouraging last Wednesday’s riot in Congress in which five people died. But no Republican senators have said they will vote to convict him of wrongdoing in the Senate.