Western Morning News (Saturday)

Democrats could move to impeach President Trump next week


HOUSE Democratic leaders say the House could take up articles of impeachmen­t against President Donald Trump as soon as next week if Vice President Mike Pence and Mr Trump’s Cabinet do not act to remove him.

Assistant House Speaker Katherine Clark of Massachuse­tts says the House “can use procedural tools to get articles of impeachmen­t to the House floor quickly”, as early as the coming week, if Mr Pence does not invoke the Constituti­on’s 25th

Amendment to remove Mr Trump from office. Representa­tive James Clyburn, the number three House Democrat, says he can confirm that “we have had discussion­s about it”.

The South Carolina Democrat says he hopes Speaker Nancy Pelosi “would move forward if the vice president refuses to do what he is required to do under the Constituti­on. “Everyone knows that this president is deranged.”

The 25th Amendment allows for the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to declare a president unfit for office. That section of the amendment has never been invoked.

On Thursday, Mrs Pelosi said the House could move on impeachmen­t if Mr Pence and the Cabinet do not remove Mr Trump before his term ends on January 20.

Mr Pence has not publicly addressed the possibilit­y of invoking the 25th Amendment. But that possibilit­y may have faded after two Cabinet members resigned on Thursday in protest after Mr Trump egged on protesters who then mounted an assault on the Capitol the day before.

Ms Clark and Mr Clyburn spoke Friday on CNN.

Despite Mr Trump’s repeated claims of voter fraud, election officials and his own former attorney general have said there were no problems on a scale that would change the outcome.

All the states have certified their results as fair and accurate, by Republican and Democratic officials alike.

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