Associated Press
Associated Press 7 Jan 2021

Pelosi: House may impeach Trump a second time


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.

The Democratic-led House is preparing to impeach President Trump for the second time, charging him with incitement of insurrection. Unlike last year's impeachment, this one is gaining support from a number of Republicans. CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes joined "CBSN AM" with the latest.
President Donald Trump has become the first American president to be impeached twice. The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach Trump, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to charge him with incitement of insurrection. (Jan. 13)

The House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump, with 10 Republicans joining with Democrats to charge him with incitement of insurrection.

The extraordinary second impeachment, just days before Trump is to leave office, comes after the president encouraged his supporters to "fight like hell" against the election results in a speech near the White House.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will now send the article of impeachment to the Senate, though that timing is unclear. Actual removal seems unlikely before the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will not bring the Senate back before Jan. 19.

Still, McConnell did not rule out voting to convict Trump. In a note to his fellow Republican senators just before the House was to begin voting, he said he is undecided.
Exactly one week after the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, President Trump has been impeached by the House for an unprecedented second time. CBS News' Debra Alfarone joins "CBSN AM" from Capitol Hill, followed by analysis from Wall Street Journal Capitol Hill reporter Siobhan Hughes.
Donald Trump is set to become the first president ever to be impeached twice, as the House of Representatives meets to consider an article charging him with incitement of insurrection over last week's violent assault on the Capitol building. CBS News' Debra Alfarone reports from Capitol Hill, followed by analysis from CBSN political contributor Molly Hooper.

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