Is there support in Congress for Articles of Impeachment?
Rep. Ilhan Omar took to Twitter to say she is drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump. She blamed him for his supporters’ attempt at an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
“Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate,” wrote Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota. “We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.”
In a Tweet, Omar wrote, “I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment. Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate. We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.”
Trump has blood on his hands. Four people are dead following Wednesday’s protests and the pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol, according to Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee.
One woman and two men, suffered “medical emergencies” at the protests, and have subsequently died, Contee said during a press conference Wednesday night.
Another woman was shot and killed during a standoff inside the U.S. Capitol between law enforcement and supporters of President Donald Trump, who breached the building, forcing a lockdown with members of Congress inside.
In remarks to his gathered supporters on Wednesday at the Ellipse behind the White House, Trump falsely claimed that “this election was stolen from you, from me, from the country” and also incorrectly declared that he won “in a landslide.” He also said, “We love you. You’re very special.”
Trump’s supporters had gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest Congress’ certification of the Electoral College vote, which was won by former Vice President Joe Biden by a large margin.
Even as his supporters occupied the U.S. Capitol building, Trump released a video message on Wednesday afternoon in which he told them to “go home now,” while continuing to falsely claim the election had been “stolen.”
The mob of Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday included conspiracy theorists linked to QAnon and the Proud Boys — two right-wing extremist factions that President Donald Trump repeatedly refused to condemn during his election campaign last year, according to CNN.
The House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a majority, already voted to impeach Trump in December 2019. The articles of impeachment then included abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, related to Trump’s push for Ukraine to conduct investigations that could help him in the 2020 election. Less than two months later, the Republican-controlled Senate voted to acquit him.
There were already calls from some, including Omar, to impeach Trump over his Saturday phone call to Georgia’s secretary of state, a call in which the president urged state officials to “find” votes that could overturn his loss there during November’s presidential election.
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