AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace explains the significance of Wednesday's historic U.S. House impeachment vote and what lies ahead. (Jan. 13)
Associated Press Bureau Chief Julie Pace explains the latest about the effort to remove President Donald Trump from office in the final days of his presidency. (Jan. 12)
Associated Press Bureau Chief Julie Pace explains the latest about the effort to remove President Donald Trump from office in the final days of his presidency.
Trump faces a single charge - "incitement of insurrection" - in the impeachment resolution that the House will begin debating Wednesday, a week before Democrat Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated, Jan. 20.
The unprecedented events, only the first U.S. president to be twice impeached, are unfolding in a nation bracing for more unrest. The FBI has warned ominously of potential armed protests in Washington and many states by Trump loyalists ahead of Biden's inauguration. In a dark foreshadowing, the Washington Monument was closed to the public and the inauguration ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol will be off limits to the public.
It all added up to stunning final moments for Trump's presidency as Democrats and a growing number of Republicans declare he is unfit for office and could do more damage after inciting a mob that violently ransacked the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that if President Donald Trump isn't removed from office, the House may move forward with a second impeachment. "If he wants to be unique and be doubly impeached, that's kind of up to him," Pelosi said. (Jan. 7)
Though Trump has less than two weeks in office, lawmakers and even some in his administration began discussing the issue Wednesday afternoon as Trump first refused to forcefully condemn the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of his supporters, and then appeared to excuse it.
Senior Trump administration officials raised the possibility of invoking Section 4 of the 25th Amendment - the forceful removal of Trump from power by his own Cabinet.
Pelosi told a news conference she is waiting for a decision from Vice President Mike Pence and other Cabinet officials.
"Do they stand by these actions?" Pelosi asked. "Are they ready to say that for the next 13 days this dangerous man can do further harm to our country?"
Most Democrats, and many Republicans, put the blame squarely on Trump after hundreds of protesters bearing Trump flags and clothing broke into the Capitol on Wednesday and caused destruction and mass evacuations. The president had urged the supporters to protest as Congress was counting the electoral votes that confirmed Biden's win.
Under the 25th Amendment, Trump could dispute his Cabinet's finding, but the Cabinet could quickly reaffirm its position, keeping Pence in power while the question fell to lawmakers. On Christmas Eve, House Democrats urged US President Donald Trump to sign a long-overdue COVID-19 relief bill after House Republicans blocked Trump's longshot demand of increasing direct payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000. (Dec. 24) On Christmas Eve, House Democrats urged President Trump to sign a long-overdue COVID-19 relief bill after House Republicans blocked Trump's long-shot, end-of-session demand to increase direct payments to American families from $600 to $2,000.