House Democrats formally introduced an article of impeachment on Monday, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection.”
The resolution cites the president’s false statements claiming widespread voter fraud during the presidential election — statements Trump repeated in the two months leading up to last week’s joint session of Congress.
The House could vote later this week on impeaching Trump an unprecedented second time, a consequence of events last Wednesday when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.
“He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — lawless action at the Capitol,” the resolution reads. It adds: “Thus incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”
Impeachment proceedings could have consequences for the initial weeks of the Biden administration, as a Senate trial could delay confirmations for Biden’s Cabinet picks and stall the new administration’s agenda.
In a sign of how Democrats have struggled with how to proceed with the push for impeachment, Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), a Biden ally, suggested Sunday that the House could vote this week to impeach the president but wait a few months before submitting the articles to the Senate for trial.
As of Sunday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who drew up the resolution alongside Reps. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.), said 210 members had signed on as co-sponsors.
“This was an attempted coup to overthrow the government, and we have a responsibility as Congress to respond to that,” Cicilline said. “We have a particular responsibility to hold everyone accountable who was involved in any way from the president on down. That’s what we intend to do.”
He said he expected some Republicans to support the resolution.