A supporter of Donald Trump, identified as Richard Barnett, sits at the office of Lower House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after storming the U.S. Capitol during protests on January 6 in Washington, DC. . / JIM LO SCALZO
Washington, January 9. US authorities this weekend began arrests of participants in the assault on Capitol Hill while Democrats in Congress detail their plans to begin the impeachment process on Monday. outgoing President Donald Trump.
One of the first to be arrested was Richard Barnett, the man who, in Wednesday’s assault on the US Congress, walked in and took pictures of himself in the office of the Speaker of the Lower House, Nancy Pelosi, and who was apprehended in Arkansas,
Barnett, has been charged with unlawfully and violently entering a restricted building, as well as disorderly conduct on Capitol Hill and theft of public property, by mail from Lawmakers he allegedly took after posing for photographers.
Likewise, Adam Christian Johnson, who was seen in the footage carrying Pelosi’s lectern amid the assault on Congress; and Jake Angeli, a member of the Qanon conspiracy theory movement who calls himself “Yellowstone Wolf” on his YouTube channel in Florida and Arizona, respectively.
Pelosi assured this Friday in a letter to her colleagues that she would initiate the impeachment process if Trump did not resign “immediately”, which seems highly unlikely.
Democrats plan to accuse the current president of “incitement to insurgency” for his responsibility in the assault on Capitol Hill.
It’s Monday that they plan to present their accusation against Trump and vote in plenary to formally accuse him of it by the middle of next week, but in the American system, it is the Senate that must be in charge of develop impeachment, which is unlikely.
The proposal was joined by Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the first Republican senator to call for the resignation of the outgoing president, accused of being behind the assault on Capitol Hill last Wednesday, which left five dead .
“I want him to resign. I want him to resign. He’s done a lot of damage, ”Murkowski said in an interview with The Anchorage Daily News regarding the violent assault on Trump supporters from Congress to interrupt a session in which lawmakers would certify. the electoral victory of Democrat Joe Biden.
The draft drafted by the Democrats calls for its revocation and “a ban on holding and enjoying any position of honor, trust or advantage in the United States.”
The Progressive Caucus is confident that this point will help them convince some Republicans in the Senate who are considering running in the 2024 presidential election and who see Trump as a possible rival in that race, according to the Politico newspaper.
Pelosi also left open the possibility of pushing a bill that would create a commission to help decide whether a president is “able” to govern, but removing Trump in this way would require the green light from Vice President Mike Pence, which at the moment he refused to act.
The proposal aims to create a new mechanism to comply with the provisions of Amendment 25 to the Constitution, which states that the Vice-President may replace the President if he declares in writing that this President “is unable” to occupy the office. post.
To do this, the vice president must have either a cabinet majority or “another type of body that Congress can create by law,” which does not currently exist and which the bill seeks to create. , although this measure would not have effect without the complicity of Pence.
Before Twitter permanently suspended his personal account on Friday, Trump announced that he would not attend the inauguration of Biden, who celebrated the decision by the outgoing president.
“It’s one of the few things that he and I have never agreed on. It’s a good thing not to come, ”Biden said.