The Democratic Party led by Nancy Pelosi will continue to pursue an impeachment process against President Donald Trump despite the fact that he has less than two weeks left to leave the White House.
The country will now face a fresh political trial a few days before Joe Biden assumes the presidency of the United States.
Pelosi admitted that the objective of the impeachment is that Trump doesn’t run again in the 2024 presidential elections.
The Democrat argued that Trump is a threat to the U.S. Constitution and democracy and said she would “act with urgency.”
“As the days go by, the horror of this President’s continued assault on our democracy intensifies and so does the immediate need for action,” she said.
The Democratic majority House will first attempt to force Vice-President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to remove Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment. Pelosi wants that to be the process because it “gets rid of him.”
This Monday, January 11th, Pelosi’s team will seek a vote on a resolution calling on Vice-President Mike Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, with a vote expected in the House on Tuesday. After that, Pence and the cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House moves to impeachment.
A group of seven Republican Congressman led by Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado wrote a letter to Joe Biden asking him to talk to Pelosi and convince her to stop the impeachment process against Trump.
A second impeachment, just days before the President leaves office, is as unnecessary as it is incendiary. This impeachment will undermine his priority of uniting Americans and would be yet another distraction for our nation… “We respectfully urge you to encourage Speaker Pelosi to put this partisan effort aside immediately,” the letter said.
Impeachment: What will happen?
According to the Constitution, through impeachment the House of Representatives could investigate Trump’s alleged “serious crimes or misdemeanors” and formally charge him by a simple majority, while the Senate would be responsible for subsequently voting on his acquittal or conviction.
The U.S. Constitution provides two possible penalties if the Senate convicts Trump: removal from office and disqualification from future “office of honor, trust, or profit in the United States.”
An article in the New York Post explains that “even if the House instantly convicts [Trump], without conducting any investigation or allowing any defense, the possibility of a conviction is cut off because the Republican-led Senate will not act before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in at noon on January 20th.”
“You can’t charge public officials who are not in office,” explained former NYU law professor Peter Rajsingh.
“Any post-exit Senate trial would be a sham trial for political purposes, not a legitimate constitutional trial,” added William Jacobson, a law professor at NYU.
Trump would only be removed if two-thirds or more of the Senate wanted him to be, which means at least some Republicans would have to vote to remove him.