January 8th, 2021
Democrats want Trump to be removed immediately; considering impeaching him again
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for immediate removal of President Trump using the 25th Amendment for provoking violence at the Capitol Wednesday.
She and Senator Chuck Schumer urged Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to remove Trump from office.Business Insider first reported that Pence would not back the move, citing advisers to the vice president. "Not happening," said a Republican close to Pence when asked about the increased calls for him to replace Trump, according to Insider. Reported by The Hill. This move wouldn't make a single bit of sense, as President Trump has already announced that he will facilitate a smooth transition. This would inflame tensions further.According to an article in Forbes, invoking the 25th would give Pence temporary power as "Acting President," but Trump would still be President. Impeachment is the only method for removing a President.
"By inciting sedition as he did yesterday, he must be removed from office," Pelosi said Thursday."While it's only 13 days left, any day can be a horror show for America."The concept that President Trump "incited sedition" is both laughable and repugnant on its' face. Furthermore as criminal.findlaw.com reports "In order to get a conviction for seditious conspiracy, the government must prove that the defendant in fact conspired to use force. Simply advocating for the use of force is not the same thing and in most cases is protected as free speech under the First Amendment." Not a chance. Seditious conspiracy is generally defined as "conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state." For weeks, Trump had been encouraging "Patriots" to come to D.C. to "fight harder" against unproven election fraud. In Dec. he tweeted "Be there. Will be wild." For weeks, the FBI (and I) has been monitoring Parler and other sites for so-called "Patriots" who've openly discussed the need to bring weapons, be prepared for "war," and even storm the capitol to take out traitors. As Rep. Liz Cheney said after Wednesday's events, "There’s no question the President formed the mob, the President incited the mob, the President addressed the mob. He lit the flame."
Pelosi noted that if Pence doesn’t do it, then the House would impeach Trump again.The fastest impeachment in US History, of President Andrew Johnson took from March 5th to May 16th 1868. And that's after it went to the Senate for trial! Never mind all the preliminaries needed. Even if she wanted to and pushed aside all other house business, Pelosi couldn't accomplish it, there simply isn't enough time. This is nothing but red meat for the far left.Impeachment passed by both the House and the Senate would prevent Trump from being able to hold office again, which may the most important aspect of the act in this situation.
The impeachment process this time would be different from 2019.It would be quick and require no investigations and no weeks-long hearings, according to CNN.A simple majority would be enough to impeach the President.
If this happens, Trump would be the first President to be impeached twice.This, however, doesn’t mean that Trump would be removed from office because removing him would require Senate’s approval.To clarify, to impeach is to bring charges. The Senate must then (again) conduct an impeachment trial which (again) typically takes months and requires 2/3rds of the Senate. "When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.". This is political theatre, a farcical waste of time at best.
The work to impeach Trump, it seems, has already started.“We have a great sense of unity that we have a moral obligation to act,” said Rep. Daniel Kildee (Mich.), a Democratic deputy whip. "There’s also another important aspect of this. It would be a more accurate view of history if this president suffered the ultimate penalty for his crimes against his country, no matter how many days are removed from his tenure."On Friday, over 60 Democrats wrote a letter to Democratic leaders requesting them to reconvene to work to impeach Trump.
As of now, there are no comments from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on this.