House Democrats on Monday made it clear that if Vice President Mike Pence refused to strip Trump of his power first, then a vote of impeachment will be scheduled on Wednesday.
Introducing an article of impeachment against the outgoing President Donald Trump, House Democrats on Monday made it clear that if Vice President Mike Pence refused to strip Trump of his power first, then a vote of impeachment will be scheduled on Wednesday to charge the president with “inciting violence against the government of the United States”.
Top House leaders, moving with exceptional speed, began summoning lawmakers still stunned by the attack back to Washington, promising the protection of National Guard troops and Federal Air Marshal escorts after last week’s stunning security failure.
Federal law enforcement authorities, as the impeachment drive proceeded, accelerated efforts to fortify the Capitol ahead of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Plans to deploy up to 15,000 National Guard troops and set up a multilayered buffer zone with checkpoints around the building by Wednesday were revealed by the authorities as lawmakers will gather to debate and vote on impeaching Mr Trump.
They were bracing for a wave of armed protests in all 50 state capitals and Washington in the days leading up to the inauguration, the authorities informed.
The President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said: “I’m not afraid of taking the oath outside.” He was referring to a swearing-in scheduled to take place on a platform on the west side of the Capitol. It is the same spot where rioters marauded last week, beating police officers and vandalizing the building.
A vote was scheduled in the House for Tuesday evening to first formally call on Mr Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. The resolution, which Republicans had objected on Monday to pass unanimously, asked the vice president to declare “President Donald J. Trump incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting president.”
The debate on the impeachment resolution in the house will begin Wednesday morning, marching toward a vote late in the day unless Mr. Pence intervenes beforehand.