Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday night that the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will vote to impeach President Trump for inciting the violence that erupted at the Capitol building last week.
In a letter to her caucus, Pelosi said that while Democrats preferred the enactment of the 25th Amendment's succession procedure to transmit power to Vice President Mike Pence, it seemed likely that Pence would be unwilling to move forward with that approach. Therefore, Pelosi wrote, the party would use its power in the House to do something that has never been done before: impeach a president for the second time during his tenure in office.
"In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both," Pelosi said to her fellow Democrats. "As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action."
The Speaker laid out the probable schedule for the impeachment effort:
- Monday, Democrats will attempt to adopt a 25th Amendment resolution by unanimous consent, but anticipate Republicans blocking it.
- Tuesday, Democrats will then bring a floor vote on that 25th Amendment resolution, passing it if necessary by a party-line vote.
- Following that vote, the resolution will call on Pence to respond within 24 hours, anticipating that he will demur.
- Democrats will then bring the articles of impeachment before the House floor.
Democrats are debating if and when they would send the impeachment case to the Senate, not wanting to bog down Congress since President-elect Biden takes office in a little more than a week.