Democrats in the lower house will vote today on a resolution calling on Mike Pence to use the 25th amendment to the US constitution to remove Trump from power
However, Pence has already remarked that he will not do so. The Democrats’ next move is to declare impeachment.
New articles of impeachment for Trump are expected to be introduced within days. Democrats will approve them in the House of Representatives by a simple majority, which is technically a declaration of impeachment (already the second in a row) against Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell notes that he is not going to consider the impeachment articles before January 19 – i.e. Trump’s last day in the White House. A vote on them in the Senate could even take place a couple of weeks after Trump’s resignation.
However, Democrats have a new idea – like a year ago, to keep the impeachment articles in the House of Representatives and not send them to the Senate. Speaker Nancy Pelosi worries that Trump’s impeachment will distract attention from the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency.
The articles of impeachment may therefore not arrive in the Senate until sometime during the spring months. It is clear that it will only be symbolic by then. However, the Democrats will try in this way to somehow prevent Trump’s nomination for election 2024.
In the meantime, they are drafting legislation to equate any pro-Trump rally with terrorism. Apparently they will need this in order to use the planned anti-extremism laws to target as many Trump supporters as possible.
At the same time, there are attempts to use the 14th amendment to the constitution to drive Trump’s Republican allies out of Congress. Where Democrats cannot win elections even with a postal vote, they hope to use unsophisticated administrative resources.
The Democrat Party is now experiencing “giddiness of success” – getting to power and trying to suppress any dissent while its opponents are in turmoil. The public response to this, however, will be no less severe in the years to come. RealPolitik has returned to America.
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