House Democrats Introduce Resolution to Impeach President Trump for Alleged 'Incitement of Insurrection'

By Michael W. Chapman | January 11, 2021 | 12:58pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) -- On Monday, House Democrats introduced a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump for "high crimes and misdemeanors," claiming that he incited an insurrection against the government by asserting that there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election and by making statements that "encouraged lawless action at the Capitol."

This is the second time House Democrats have tried to impeach Trump. In December 2019, Democrats alleged that Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress about a telephone call he had with the president of Ukraine. Trump was acquitted of those charges by the U.S. Senate on Feb. 5, 2020. 

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The new impeachment resolution was introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). The House is expected to vote on the measure this week. President Trump's term in office ends next Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The impeachment article reads,

ARTICLE I: INCITEMENT OF INSURRECTION                               

The Constitution provides that the House of Rep-

resentatives ‘‘shall have the sole Power of Impeachment’’

and that the President ‘‘shall be removed from Office on

Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or

other high Crimes and Misdemeanors’’. Further, section

3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits

any person who has ‘‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion

against’’ the United States from ‘‘hold[ing] any office . . .

under the United States’’. In his conduct while President

of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional

oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the

United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, pro-

tect, and defend the Constitution of the United States,

and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that

the laws be faithfully executed—Donald John Trump en-

gaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting vio-

lence against the Government of the United States, in

that:

 

On January 6, 2021, pursuant to the 12th Amend-

ment to the Constitution of the United States, the Vice

President of the United States, the House of Representa-

tives, and the Senate met at the United States Capitol for a

Joint Session of Congress to count the votes of the

Electoral College. In the months preceding the Joint Ses-

sion, President Trump repeatedly issued false statements

asserting that the Presidential election results were the

product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted

by the American people or certified by State or Federal

officials. Shortly before the Joint Session commenced,

President Trump, addressed a crowd at the Ellipse in

Washington, DC. There, he reiterated false claims that

‘‘we won this election, and we won it by a landslide’’. He

also willfully made statements that, in context, encour-

aged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the

Capitol, such as: ‘‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not

going to have a country anymore’’. Thus incited by Presi-

dent 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 Con-

gress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel,

and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and sedi-

tious acts.

 

President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021, fol-

lowed his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certifi-

cation of the results of the 2020 Presidential election.

Those prior efforts included a phone call on January 2,

2021, during which President Trump urged the secretary

of state of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, to ‘‘find’’ enough

votes to overturn the Georgia Presidential election results

and threatened Secretary Raffensperger if he failed to do

so.

 

In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the

security of the United States and its institutions of Gov-

ernment. He threatened the integrity of the democratic

system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power,

and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He there-

by betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury

of the people of the United States.

 

Wherefore, Donald John Trump, by such conduct,

has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national

security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to re-

main in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incom-

patible with self-governance and the rule of law. Donald

John Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, re-

moval from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy

any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United

States.

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