Joe Biden has been avoiding divulgence of his stance towards removing President Trump from office despite Democrats’ introduction of articles of impeachment against Trump, according to Fox News.
Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu, David Cicilline, and Jamie Raskin drafted the article of impeachment, “Incitement to Insurrection.”
“With every new day we learn that the violent insurrection was even worse than we thought. Impeaching @POTUS would be just the bare minimum of what needs to occur,” Lieu tweeted. “Donald Trump should be prosecuted for a range of felonies, including inciting an insurrection and felony murder.”
With every new day we learn that the violent insurrection was even worse than we thought. Impeaching @POTUS would be just the bare minimum of what needs to occur. Donald Trump should be prosecuted for a range of felonies, including inciting an insurrection and felony murder. https://t.co/FJZuJdtfA8
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 10, 2021
Biden said Trump is “not above the law.”
“Justice serves the people — it doesn’t protect the powerful.”
“I’m focused on the virus, the vaccine and economic growth. What Congress decides to do is for them to decide,” Biden said. “We’re going to do our job and the Congress can decide how to proceed with theirs.”
“That’s a decision for the Congress to make. I am focused on my job.”
Biden said he has “been saying for now well over a year that he’s not fit to serve,” calling Trump “one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America.”
“It’s important to get on with the business of getting him out of office,” but he said “the quickest way that that will happen is us being sworn in on the 20th. What action happens before or after that is a judgment for the Congress to make.”
“If we were six months out, we should be doing everything to get him out of office, impeaching him again. Trying to invoke the 25th Amendment. Whatever it took to get him out of office. But I am focused now on us taking control as president and vice president on the 20th and getting our agenda moving as quickly as we can.”
“It is the hope of members that the president will immediately resign,” Pelosi said. “But if he does not, I have instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., called for Trump to be removed through the 25th Amendment, the first GOP member of the House to publicly do so. Trump critic Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., has said he would “definitely consider” impeachment articles if they were brought forth.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, became the first Republican to call on the president to resign.
“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” Murkowski said
Trump said, “I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted.”
“While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
From Fox News:
Washington, D.C., police said the security breach at the Capitol resulted in four deaths – including a woman who had been shot inside the building – and at least 70 arrests.
Congress later returned and certified the Electoral College vote early Thursday, formally giving Joe Biden his presidential victory.
White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino posted a statement from the president on Twitter early Thursday morning, saying: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.”
The House voted to impeach Trump in December 2019, but the Senate acquitted him on both articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – in February 2020.
The House impeachment inquiry began after the president, during a phone call in July 2019, pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, to look into Biden’s role pressing for the ouster of a Ukrainian prosecutor who had been investigating the founder of Burisma Holdings – a Ukrainian natural gas firm where his son, Hunter, sat on the board.