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Democrats are preparing their Articles of Impeachment, or to be more precise, article of impeachment, against President Donald Trump.
The charge against the president will be “incitement of insurrection” stemming from the riots that occurred this week in Washington, D.C., The Daily Mail reported.
A draft of the article prepared by Reps. David Cicilline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie Raskin states that, ‘Incited by Trump, a mob unlawfully breached the Capitol,’ injured law enforcement, menaced lawmakers and the vice president, and interfered with the count of the Electoral College.
It cites Trump’s false claims that ‘We won this election’ and ‘We won it by a landslide, and cites his effort to ‘subvert and obstruct the certification of the results.’
With the Capitol still cleaning up broken windows, smashed historic doors, and mourning a deceased Capitol Police officer, the article states that he ‘gravely endangered the security of the United States.’
Trump ‘betrayed his trust as president,’ it reads, calling his conduct ‘grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.’ It calls for him not just to be removed but to be banned from public office – which would prevent a 2024 presidential run, and potentially make the idea more attractive to Republicans than simple conviction.
The White House fired back at the impeachment by calling it politically motivated, particularly considering the fact that there is less than two weeks left in his presidency.
“A politically motivated impeachment against a President with 12 days remaining in his term will only serve to further divide our great country,” the president’s spokesman Judd Deere said.
Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham agreed.
“As President @realDonaldTrump stated last night, it is time to heal and move on. If Speaker Pelosi pushes impeachment in the last days of the Trump presidency it will do more harm than good. I’m hopeful President-elect Biden sees the damage that would be done from such action, he said in a tweet tagging the president’s Twitter account before it was banned.
“Speaker Pelosi is hanging by a political thread, and Senator Schumer lives in fear of a primary from the radical left. It is up to President-elect Biden to step in and allow the nation to heal.
“Any attempt to impeach President Trump would not only be unsuccessful in the Senate but would be a dangerous precedent for the future of the presidency. It will take both parties to heal the nation.
“I’m convinced impeachment, under these circumstances, will further divide the country and erode the institution of the presidency itself. I hope President-elect Biden shares those views and will speak out so we can continue to heal the nation with an orderly transfer of power,” he said.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, a frequent opponent of the president, when asked about impeachment, said that he believes “Time’s a little short for that.”
“I think we’ve gotta hold our breath for the next 20 days,” the Republican senator said as he praised President-elect Joe Biden.
“The words of the president-elect were very encouraging and inspiring and I know he’s got a long road ahead but I think he’s up to the task,” the Utah senator said.