Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats remain hopeful Vice President Pence will invoke 25th amendment. However, they could vote on a Trump impeachment as early as mid-next week, with at least one Republican Senator on board.
Pelosi and House Democrats press VP Pence and cabinet to invoke 25th amendment
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democrats are hopeful that Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet will take the unprecedented step of removing President Donald Trump from office in less than two weeks’ time by invoking the 25th amendment, Fox Carolina reported.
According to multiple Democratic sources, if the invocation of the 25th amendment doesn’t occur, Democrats have been discussing a process that would allow them to bypass the committee proceedings and move articles of impeachment directly to the floor within two days, as early as mid-next week.
House Democrats could impeach Trump for the second time
Thursday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her leadership team were reportedly going over options for bringing impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
However, unlike the impeachment of President Trump in 2019, House Democrats are working on a way to expedite the process. Democrats are hopeful that a potential impeachment vote could occur on the house floor as early as mid-next week, according to three sources who spoke to CNN.
The potential articles of impeachment include abuse of power, charging that President Trump incited the insurrection that occurred at the US Capitol on Wednesday. The resolution also includes Trump’s call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which he asked him to “find votes.”
To start the process, it requires that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) bring members back, an announcement that is expected after the 12 p.m. ET caucus call. Once members have returned to the House, the process for a vote could occur in a matter of days.
If impeachment charges are brought against Donald Trump a second time, he will be the first president in the history of the United States to be impeached twice.
Republican Senator Sasse says he’d consider impeaching Trump
Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse said on Friday he would consider voting in favor of articles of impeachment from the House of Representatives.
“If they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move, because as I told you I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office,” Sen. Sasse said in an interview on CBS This Morning.
Sasse cast blame on President Trump for the assault by protesters on the US capitol, calling the event an “inevitable and ugly outcome.”
However, with Trump only in office for another 12 days, Sasse also said that even if there had been impeachable conduct, it might not be in the best interests of America for lawmakers to spend time on the effort.
Romney could vote for impeachment as well
Another Republican likely to vote in favor of impeaching Trump is Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who gave an impassioned speech in the Senate on Wednesday that was highly critical of Trump and drew wide applause from colleagues on both sides of the aisle.