U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has instructed the Rules Committee to be ready to begin the impeachment process.
Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to begin the impeachment process for incumbent President Donald Trump on Monday, charging him with several articles of impeachment that could potentially lead to the early removal of the head of state from power. This was reported Friday by two sources familiar with the situation on Capitol Hill.
The sources said Democrats David Cicilline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie Raskin authored the document, which contains allegations of misconduct against Trump. The main reason for impeachment was the invasion of the Capitol building by Trump supporters last Wednesday, which led to riots and several deaths.
According to the text of the document, which is now circulating to members of Congress, Democrats accuse Trump of “inciting violence against the U.S. government” in an attempt to invalidate the results of the presidential election, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden.
The text also mentions Trump’s phone conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, during which the president asked his interlocutor in charge of the Georgia election to “find” enough votes to overturn the vote count that said Biden had won the election in that state.
“President Trump has seriously jeopardized the security of the United States and government institutions. He has jeopardized the integrity of the democratic system, hindered the peaceful transfer of power, and endangered one branch of government,” the document reads.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has instructed the Rules Committee to be ready to begin the process of impeaching Donald Trump if the U.S. president does not resign.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 57% of Americans want Donald Trump removed from power immediately. Nearly 70% of respondents disapprove of Trump’s actions during the attack on the Capitol.