On Monday, January 11th, impeachment articles against President Trump were once again introduced by House Democrats. This unprecedented second round of impeachments accuse the President of “inciting an insurrection” through the rally he held prior to the January 6th riot at the Capitol.
Although the White House has yet to officially respond to the articles, a spokesman for the president and many GOP lawmakers have stated that a push for impeachment would only serve to divide the nation. The only person from the White House to release any official statement alluding to the articles is First Lady Melania Trump. In her official statement, Trump insinuated that that her husband’s critics were using the riot for their own gain, stating, “I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me—from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda.”
However, one of the articles’ authors, Rep. David Cicilline (D., R.I.), said that impeachment is not an attack for gain, but something necessary as a defense of democracy. In the eyes of Cicilline, “We took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution and our democracy. That responsibility falls to use. We have no other choice.”
On the same day the articles were introduced, Democrats also made an effort to pass a unanimous-consent resolution that called for the usage of the 25th Amendment by Vice President Mike Pence. The Amendment would allow President Trump to be removed from office, but the action was blocked by Republican Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia.
For the impeachment measure to pass, it would need 217 votes. Should the House pass the impeachment articles and send them to the Senate, it would be unlikely that the president would be removed before the Jan. 20 inauguration because the Senate is set to be on recess until Jan. 19, and a Senate trial could require unanimous consent to get started before Inauguration Day.