There are just ten days until the conclusion of Donald J. Trump’s presidency.
And, in ten days, on January 20th, President-Elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office and will look to unite a country that is still suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, is still hurting from alleged voter fraud in the 2020 election, and is still reeling from a volcanic 2020.
While millions of Americans across the country are looking forward to turning the page on the events of 2020, House Democrats are looking to accomplish one more feat by the end of his presidency: his impeachment.
In the aftermath of the Capitol Hill riots on Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers in both legislative chambers and at least a pair of Republican lawmakers pitched the idea of impeaching Trump (again) before the 20th.
And, the idea is moving forward.
The effort is being spearheaded by Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who described Trump’s actions as “dangerous and seditious.”
“Nearly fifty years ago, after years of enabling their rogue President, Republicans in Congress finally told President Nixon that it was time to go,” Pelosi wrote in a letter, per Axios. “Today, following the President’s dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow that example and call on Trump to depart his office – immediately.”
The Associated Press reports: “House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says the House could vote this week to impeach President Donald Trump but delay sending the legislation to the Senate until after many of incoming President Joe Biden’s Cabinet secretaries are confirmed for their posts.”
Clyburn explained: “It may be Tuesday or Wednesday before action is taken, but I think it will be taken this week.”
Democratic Congressman David Cicciline previously revealed to the Associated Press that the impeachment proposal already has 185 co-sponsors.
Per the impeachment process, after the House considers, debates, and passes the articles of impeachment, they are then sent over to the U.S. Senate for further deliberations and the official Senate trial.
Trump was previously impeached by a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives (without a single Republican vote) for the contents of a phone call he had with the Ukrainian president but was not removed by the Senate. The chamber ultimately voted that Trump was not guilty of the alleged charges (Republican Senator Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote in favor of removing the president).
Democrats are looking to ensure the incoming Biden administration has as smooth a transition as possible and could delay the impeachment trial until after Biden’s first 100 days in office.
Clyburn said his party was looking to give Biden the “100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running, and maybe we’ll send the articles sometime after that.”
While the impeachment trial would take place after Trump has vacated the office of the presidency, it would not be entirely symbolic.
While the impeachment process is most well known for removing a public official from office, it can also be used to prevent the official from ever running for office again.
Democrats could be using the impeachment process to prevent Trump from running for re-election in 2024.