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In their latest effort to unify and heal a deeply divided nation, Democratic lawmakers continue to move forward with plans to impeach President Trump for a second time in the final days of his presidency.
Because that’s definitely the way to show more than 75 million frustrated Americans that you want to unify and heal. That, and silencing their voices by the thousands.
“It is the hope of Members that the President will immediately resign. But if he does not, I have instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared to move forward with Congressman Jamie Raskin’s 25th Amendment legislation and a motion for impeachment. Accordingly, the House will preserve every option — including the 25th Amendment, a motion to impeach or a privileged resolution for impeachment.”
One of the articles of impeachment is for “incitement of insurrection.”
If the Democrats fast track the procedural requirements for impeachment proceedings (which might be the first thing they’ve ever fast tracked in their careers), an impeachment vote could happen by the middle of the week. But in a memo to Senate colleagues, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained that the Senate Impeachment Rule requirements combined with the Senate being in recess would mean that
“The Senate trial would therefore begin after President Trump’s term has expired – either one hour after its expiration on Jan. 20, or twenty-five hours after its expiration on Jan. 21.”
He further clarifies that
“It would require the consent of all 100 senators to conduct any business of any kind during the scheduled pro forma sessions prior to January 19, and therefore the consent of all 100 senators to begin acting on any articles of impeachment during those sessions.”
Both Republicans Sasse and Murkowski have indicated their support for the House Democrat impeachment plan.
“If they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move, because as I told you I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office. He swore an oath to the American people to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. He acted against that. What he did was wicked.”
“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage.”
As far as peaceful transitions, unity, and healing go, the Democrats apparently have absolutely no awareness and no understanding of the feelings of literally half of the country.