Published: 11 Jan 2021, 09:50 am
On Sunday, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would go ahead with attempts to oust President Donald Trump from office in the final days of his presidency following the violent assault on the Capitol by his supporters.
Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said on Monday there will be a resolution in the House of Representatives calling on the cabinet to suspend Trump under the 25th amendment to the constitution as unfit for office, reports AFP.
If Vice President Mike Pence does not agree, “we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation” to the floor of the House of Representatives, Pelosi said.
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” she said.
“As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
The Democratic-controlled House had already impeached Trump once in December 2019 for forcing Ukraine's leader to dig up political dirt on Joe Biden.
The Republican-majority Senate acquitted him.
While time is running out, Democrats are likely to have the House votes to impeach Trump again and may even attract some Republican support for the move.
But they are unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump in the 100-member Senate and remove him from office.
Trump’s successor Joe Biden is due to be inaugurated on January 20.