U.S. House Democrats move to impeach Trump

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Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced an article of impeachment against outgoing President Donald Trump on Monday, as Republicans blocked a measure calling on Vice President Pence to remove his boss from office.

The single impeachment article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection.

It accuses him of stoking violence against the U.S. government after a mob of his supporters, riled up by his claims of election fraud, stormed the U.S. Capitol last week.

President Donald Trump on Monday, as Republicans blocked a measure calling on Vice President Pence to remove his boss from office.

The single impeachment article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection.

It accuses him of stoking violence against the U.S. government after a mob of his supporters, riled up by his claims of election fraud, stormed the U.S. Capitol last week.

Democrats also introduced a resolution urging Pence to invoke the Constitution’s 25th Amendment and strip Trump of his powers by declaring him unfit to perform his duties.

House Republicans rejected the bill, paving the way for a vote in the full House on Tuesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that by blocking the measure, Republicans were “enabling the president’s unhinged, unstable, and deranged acts of sedition to continue.”

“Their complicity endangers America, erodes our Democracy, and it must end,” she said in a statement.

Implications

If Mr Pence refuses to act, as is expected, House Democrats have vowed to quickly move ahead with impeachment proceedings.

The House could vote as early as mid-week.

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