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Pelosi announces House will move forward with articles of impeachment against President Trump

The House will be moving forward with a resolution to impeach President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in a letter on Sunday.

In the letter, Pelosi said the House will act with “great solemnity” with less than two weeks remaining before Trump is set to leave office. “In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” she said. “The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action” (Bloomberg).

Pelosi said the House would try to force Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to oust Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment. On Monday, however, Democrat House leaders worked to swiftly pass legislation to do that, though it was blocked by House Republicans. The house will vote Tuesday. Pelosi explained that the resolution calls on Pence “to convene and mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment to declare the President incapable of executing the duties of his office.”

Under the procedure, the vice president “would immediately exercise powers as acting President,” she wrote. Pence is not expected to take the lead in forcing Trump out, although talk has been circulating about the 25th Amendment option for days in Washington. Next, the House would move to consider the articles of impeachment, Pelosi said. The day for an impeachment vote was not set. The strategy would be to condemn the president’s actions swiftly but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days. That would allow President-elect Joe Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he is inaugurated Jan. 20.

Next, the House would move to consider the articles of impeachment, Pelosi said. The day for an impeachment vote was not set. House Democrats were expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday. The strategy would be to condemn the president’s actions swiftly but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days. That would allow President-elect Joe Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he is inaugurated Jan. 20.

House leaders, furious after last week’s insurrection, appear determined to act against Trump despite the short timeline. Late Saturday, Pelosi, D-Calif., convened a conference call with her leadership team and sent a letter to her colleagues reiterating that Trump must be held accountable. She told her caucus, now scattered across the country on a two-week recess, to “be prepared to return to Washington this week” but did not say outright that there would be a vote on impeachment (FOX).

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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