WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. House quickly pushed ahead Tuesday against accusations or other steps to forcibly remove President Donald Trump from office, though Trump accused Democratic enemies and not himself of last week’s deadly attack on the Capitol.
He targeted the lawmakers who pushed for his removal, saying it was “a really awful thing they are doing.”
“To continue on this path, I think it causes enormous danger to our country, and it causes enormous anger,” he said. He accepted no blame for the Capitol attack and said, “I want no violence.”
The defeated president, in his first remarks to journalists since last week’s violence, showed no remorse for firing the audience in the face of the deadly invasion with comments that are now part of the charge of inciting rebellion.
The president spoke as he traveled to Texas to explore the border with Mexico without questioning the most serious and deadly domestic intrusion at the Capitol in the nation’s history.
Prosecuting ahead, the House on Tuesday will first try to convince the vice president and cabinet to act even faster to remove Trump from office and warn that he is a threat to democracy in the remaining days of his presidency.
House lawmakers are meeting again at the Capitol for the first time since the deadly uprising against Trump to approve a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare the president unable to serve. Pence is not expected to undertake such a thing. The House would then quickly move to accuse Trump.
“We have to be very tough and very strong right now in defending the constitution and democracy,” the rep said. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., An author of both laws, in an interview.
Trump faces a single charge – “incitement to rebellion” – in the persecution resolution that Parliament will begin debating Wednesday, a week before Democrat Joe Biden is due to be inaugurated on January 20th.
The unprecedented events that could make Trump the first U.S. president to be charged twice are unfolding in a nation that is stepping up more unrest. The FBI has warned of alarming armed protests in Washington and many states of Trump loyalists before Biden’s inauguration. In a dark warning, the Washington Monument was closed to the public, and the inauguration ceremony on the western steps of the Capitol will be without boundaries for the public.
It all added amazing last-minute moments for Trump’s presidency, as Democrats and a growing number of Republicans declare him unfit for office and could do more harm after inciting a mob that violently ransacked the U.S. capital last Wednesday.
A Capitol police officer died of injuries during the riot, and police shot a woman during the violence. Three others died in what authorities said were medical emergencies.
Late Monday, the entire Spanish Congress, all 34 members, unanimously agreed to support the indictment and called for Trump’s immediate removal.
“It is clear that every moment Trump remains in office, America is in danger,” said a statement from the presidential election, led by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Ca. It said Trump “must be held accountable” for his actions.
Democrats are not the only ones saying Trump should go.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Spoke with House GOP colleagues late Monday about the significance of the vote and urged them to consider it a “vote of conscience”, according to an anonymous person, to discuss the private call. . She has spoken critically about Trump’s actions, but has not said publicly how she will vote.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania joined GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska over the weekend, urging Trump to “walk away as soon as possible.”
Pence and Trump met late Monday for the first time since the Capitol attack and had a “good conversation” that promised to continue working the rest of their terms, said a senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. .
Pence has given no indication that he will continue to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. No cabinet member has publicly called for Trump to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment.
As security was tightened, Biden said Monday he was “not afraid” to take the oath of office outside the Capitol.
Regarding the rebels, Biden said, “It is critically important that there will be a really serious focus on keeping the people who are engaging in agitation and threatening lives, destroying public property, causing great harm – being held accountable. ”
Biden said he had held talks with senators ahead of a possible lawsuit against the court, which some have worried would push up for his administration’s opening days.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer explored ways to immediately summon the Senate to trial as soon as Parliament acts, though Republican leader Mitch McConnell should agree. The president-elect proposed splitting Senate time, perhaps “spending half a day dealing with accusations, half a day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate, as well as moving forward on the package” for more COVID relief.
As Congress resumed, a troubled government swept. Another legislator, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Announced Tuesday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 after shelter during the siege.
Many lawmakers may choose to vote by proxy instead of coming to Washington, a process introduced last year to limit the health risks of travel.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has deterred GOP lawmakers from using power of attorney. But during a call with them, he loosened his stern opposition to this week’s votes, according to a Republican who was given anonymity to discuss the private call.
Among Trump’s closest allies in Congress, McCarthy said in a letter to colleagues that “persecution at this time would have the opposite effect of bringing our country together.”
He said he would review possible mistrust from the president. But House Republicans are divided, and a few votes are likely to accuse.
Democrats say they have votes for accusation. The indictment from rep. David Cicilline from Rhode Island, Ted Lieu from California, Raskin from Maryland and Jerrold Nadler from New York draw from Trump’s own false statements about his election defeat against Biden.
Judges across the country, including some nominated by Trump, have repeatedly rejected cases challenging election results, and former Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally, has said there was no evidence of widespread fraud.
The implementation legislation also describes Trump’s pressure on government officials in Georgia to “find” more votes as well as his White House rally ahead of the siege of the Capitol, where he urged thousands of supporters last Wednesday to “fight like hell” and march. the extension.
The Mafia overpowered the police, broke through security lines and windows and hit through the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to disperse as they were completing Biden’s victory over Trump in Electoral College.
While some have questioned accusing the president so close to the end of his term, Democrats and others argue that he should be prevented from holding future public office.
There is precedent for pursuit of persecution when an official leaves the office. In 1876, under the Ulysses Grant administration, War Minister William Belknap was indicted by the House on the day he resigned, and the Senate convened a trial months later. He was acquitted.
Barrow reported from Wilmington, Delaware. Associated Press authors Alan Fram, Jill Colvin, Ellen Knickmeyer, Tom Beaumont and Darlene Superville contributed to this report.