The House Democrats officially introduced a single article of impeachment against President Trump today.
They are charging him with inciting a mob to carry out a violent attack on the Capitol in a doomed effort to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory.
Reps. David Cicilline (R-I.), Ted Lieu (Calif.) and Jamie Raskin (Md.), said that Trump engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”
“Incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts,” the impeachment article says.
“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United states and its institutions of Government He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transfer of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States,” the article says.
They will move for a vote Wednesday – they want to give Mike Pence one more chance to use the 25th amendment to remove him from office.
UPDATED TEXT of the Impeachment Article authored by Cicilline/Lieu/Raskin following 1/6 attack on Capitol by pro-Trump mob pic.twitter.com/RNABKCYM3d— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) January 11, 2021
Both Hoyer/Ciciiline say they support passing impeachment article now and send it immediately to Senate.— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) January 11, 2021
Clyburn has advocated for holding the article until Biden can confirm his top appointees and begin tackling his 100-day agenda