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House Democrats introduce article of impeachment against Trump

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House Democrats have unveiled an article of impeachment against President Trump accusing him of inciting insurrection in relation to the January 6 siege at the US Capitol, according to reports. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in a letter to colleagues on Sunday that the House will introduce a resolution on Monday calling on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare President Trump “incapable of executing the duties of his office.”

Previously Pelosi said that if Pence does not take action within 24 hours, House Democrats will then proceed to bring impeachment legislation to the floor. Senate Republicans said a Senate impeachment trial is unlikely to be held before January 20, after Trump has left office.

House Democrats will seek unanimous consent on a resolution urging VP Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment. A full vote on the measure is expected on Tuesday if unanimous consent fails.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., will introduce a resolution prepared by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., that calls on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in the letter to her caucus on Sunday evening. Hoyer needs unanimous consent to pass the measure and, if any member blocks it, Democrats will hold a floor vote on the legislation Tuesday.

On Monday, Pelosi’s leadership team will seek a vote on a resolution calling on Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment. With the House not in session, there is likely to be an objection to its consideration. Pelosi would then put the resolution before the full House on Tuesday. If it were to pass, Pence and the Cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House would move toward impeachment.

A previous version of this story stated there were two articles of impeachment. There was only one.

Lois Lane

Lois Lane is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at the Daily Planet. The daughter of General Sam Lane, she grew up learning hand-to-hand combat and survival techniques. After being hired by Perry White at the Daily Planet, Lois coined the name "Superman" and, because of incisive reporting on the Super Hero's incredible adventures, her career is forever linked to the Man of Steel. She remains one of Superman's strongest allies.

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