Top Republican says Trump committed 'impeachable offences'

Top Republican says Trump committed 'impeachable offences'”

A small but growing number of Republican lawmakers have joined calls for Trump to step down, and several high-ranking administration officials have resigned in protest.

Senator Pat Toomey said he believed Mr Trump had committed "impeachable offences". He was not optimistic that Trump would step down before his term ends on January 20.

If Pence does not respond within 24 hours of the House passing this resolution, it will proceed with taking up the article of impeachment.

The House appears determined to act despite the short timeline.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, shared no details about her party's plans as she addressed her hometown San Francisco constituents during an online video conference on Saturday. She told her caucus, now scattered across the country on a two-week recess, to "be prepared to return to Washington this week".

He also echoed calls for the President to be removed from office, saying: "He's not fit to serve ... he's one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America".

The bill has over 210 cosponsors, a sign of the broad support among House Democrats to take action in the wake of the violence at the Capitol. "But I am focused now on us taking control as president and vice president on the 20th and to get our agenda moving as quickly as we can", Biden said.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is leading the push for a quick impeachment

Biden, meanwhile, said he is focused on his job as he prepares to take office.

He said lawmakers "will take the vote that we should take in the House" and that Pelosi "will make the determination as when is the best time" to send them to the Senate.

The resolution by Cicilline, Lieu and Raskin offers a single article of impeachment of abuse of power that covers both inciting violence against the USA as well as Trump's urging of Georgia's Secretary of State to find votes. If he chooses not to, the House will begin impeachment proceedings.

An impeachment conviction might also mean Trump would be prevented from running for the presidency again in 2024 - or from holding any public office again. He would be only the president twice impeached. While reiterating that he has long viewed Trump as unfit for office, Biden on Friday sidestepped a question about impeachment, saying what Congress does "is for them to decide".

Seven out of 10 of the participants who had voted for Trump on November 3 were opposed to Trump's actions in the run-up to Wednesday's assault on Capitol Hill.

"We can not have a sitting president in office who incites violence among the people, or who tries to upend the American people's democratic process and right to a just election.his remarks in front of an agitated mob of his supporters that roused civil indignancy at the grounds of the US Capitol are unforgivable", he said.

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