Dhe Chairwoman of the American House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, outlined the approach in the efforts to prematurely disempower President Donald Trump. In a first step, a draft resolution is to be introduced into the chamber on Monday, in which the removal of Trump by Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump cabinet will be required, as the leader of the Democrats wrote to her parliamentary colleagues on Sunday.
According to Pelosi’s plan, the House of Representatives should vote on this resolution on Monday or Tuesday if possible. Pence is to be set by parliamentary resolution a deadline of 24 hours in order to respond to the demand for the removal of Trump according to Amendment 25 of the constitution. This article gives the Vice-President the opportunity, together with the Cabinet, to remove the President if they consider him unfit for office.
Plan B: Impeachment
Should Pence not comply with the House of Representatives’ request, according to Pelosi, a procedure for the impeachment of Trump by Congress should be initiated immediately. Pence has recently distanced himself from Trump. However, he has not indicated that he could be prepared to remove it on the basis of Amendment 25.
The Democrats as well as some MPs from Trump’s Republican Party accuse the elected president of direct joint responsibility for the storming of Congress by rioters last Wednesday. Shortly before the violent attack on parliament, Trump repeated his completely unsubstantiated accusation of massive fraud in the presidential election in November in a speech at a rally and urged his supporters to march on the Capitol.
Trump is supposed to be replaced by his elected successor Joe Biden on January 20 anyway. But the Democrats do not want to allow him to finish his term in office. “To protect our constitution and our democracy, we will act with urgency,” wrote Pelosi.
For impeachment proceedings against a president to be initiated, the House of Representatives must first bring charges against him. This is what is known as impeachment. A simple majority is sufficient for these charges to be brought. It is certain that this majority would come about, since the Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives and can also count on the approval of some Republicans.
According to the constitution, the decision on the impeachment of the president does not lie with the House of Representatives, but with the Senate. The Republicans are in the majority in this chamber. In addition, a two-thirds majority is required for removal from office. It is unlikely that this majority would come about. In addition, the time for the procedure is short, since Trump will be leaving office in a week and a half anyway.
Even the initiation of further impeachment proceedings would be a great shame for Trump. He would become the first president in American history to be subjected to such a procedure twice. His first impeachment trial revolved around his efforts to get help from Ukraine for his election campaign. It ended in February of last year with Trump’s acquittal by the Senate.