The Democrats in the US House of Representatives are pressing ahead with preparations for a possible second impeachment proceedings against the elected US President Donald Trump, who is now in office for only a few days. The chairwoman of the chamber, Nancy Pelosi, announced on Friday evening (local time) after an online conference with her Democratic group colleagues: “It is the MEPs hope that the president will resign immediately.” Meanwhile, a Republican senator has spoken out in favor of Trump’s resignation for the first time.
In the event that this does not happen, she has instructed the Rules Committee to make preparations for impeachment proceedings, stressed Pelosi. CNN and Fox News broadcast an impeachment resolution prepared by Democratic MPs on one charge: “inciting riot”. In it, Trump is accused of inciting supporters at a rally in Washington on Wednesday, who then stormed the Capitol. There were five dead. The Republican has continued efforts to obstruct the certification of the presidential election results, it said. The Democrat Joe Biden had won the election against Trump.
“Risk to national security
“President Trump has put the security of the United States and its government institutions at serious risk.” He threatened the integrity of the democratic system and impaired the peaceful transfer of power. With his behavior, Trump had shown “that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the constitution if he is allowed to stay in office”. Trump must therefore be removed from office. He must also be banned from future government offices.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski became the first leading representative of the US ruling party to demand Trump’s resignation. “I want him to resign. I want him gone. He’s done enough damage,” Murkowski said in an interview with the Anchorage Daily News, referring to the attempted violent overthrow at the Capitol. The senator from Alaska is considered a representative of the moderate party wing.
Trump would be the first US president against whom two impeachment proceedings would be opened. CNN and Fox News reported that the draft resolution could be introduced on Monday. In the House of Representatives ruled by the Democrats, approval for impeachment proceedings is considered certain. However, it would be decided in the US Senate. There a two-thirds majority would be necessary for a conviction that is not foreseeable. It is highly unlikely that the proceedings in the Senate could be concluded before Biden’s swearing-in on January 20. (apa)