The House of Representatives moved to impeach President Trump on Monday after giving the cabinet an ultimatum: resign/invoke the 25th Amendment or be impeached.
Just days before President-Elect Biden’s inauguration, the Democrat-held House signed an Article of Impeachment charging the outgoing President with incitement of insurrection after his role in the siege on Capitol Hill last Wednesday.
Vice President Mike Pence was given 24 hours to work with the cabinet and invoke the 25th Amendment. This Amendment was ratified in 1967 in response to the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963. It is justified for use when the President is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” and often passes executive powers to the incumbent Vice President.
However, with President-Elect Biden preparing to take the Oval Office within days, this Impeachment has been done to set a precedent, rather than a desperate attempt to stop a dangerous President.
Consequences and Implications of Impeachment
If carried through, and President Trump charged, it will prevent him from holding any United States office again due to the 14th Amendment passed after the Civil-War. It may also lead to his conviction and subsequent imprisonment.
However, the rush of Congress may decline once President-Elect Biden takes office. He told reporters in Newark that he has no intention to block Impeachment in the Senate, although he does not want a trial impeding his first months in office.
After Trump’s previous impeachment trial in 2019/2020 received little Republican support, this attempt promises to be more bipartisan. Many Republican senators and representatives have denounced the violence on Capitol Hill, some denouncing the President, with Mitt Romney saying, “we gather due to a selfish man’s injured pride.”
The Trump administration itself is also crumbling, with multiple cabinet secretaries resigning, including Betsy DeVos, Elaine Chao, and most recently, Homeland Security Sec. Chad Wolf.
The week leading to Biden’s inauguration will likely see more cabinet resignations and Republican support for impeachment. As Trump’s presidency fades, so does the prevalence of the Republican party.
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