Joan McCarter / Daily Kos (01/08/2021)
House Democrats met by conference call Friday, the outcome of which is articles of impeachment against Donald Trump will be ready to be introduced on Monday. A source told Reuters the articles drafted by Representatives David Cicilline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie Raskin will be introduced in Monday’s pro forma session. There will likely be an objection from Republicans, so they probably will have to bring the whole House back to bring the resolution formally Tuesday or Wednesday.
A draft of the measure charges Trump with “inciting violence against the government of the United States” in his effort to overturn the results seating President-elect Joe Biden. The articles also cite Trump’s efforts to get Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes to give the state to him. “President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power and imperiled a coordinate branch of government,” the draft legislation states. “President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States, [emphasis added]” it concludes. That says it all.
Asked about the effort at a press conference Friday, Biden said that he’s long thought Trump was unfit for office and that was a key reason for his run. He added “What the Congress decides to do is for them to decide. … So we’re going to do our job, and Congress can decide how to proceed with theirs.” Pressed again on what he would advise congressional leaders, Biden said “I’d tell them that’s a decision for the Congress to make. I’m focused on my job.” As he should be.
This is a decision for Congress, and it’s vitally important that they move forward with it. Not just to make sure Trump is barred from ever holding office again. Not just to make sure that no Republican president ever, ever tries this again in the future. Not just to hold all of the Republicans in Congress who have participated in this sedition accountable, forcing them to face the American people and vote.
To make the country whole again. To restore the rule of law. For that effort, thank you to every Democratic member of Congress responsible.