A majority of elected officials from the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to formally indict Donald Trump for inciting violence on Capitol Hill, paving the way for a historic second trial of the President of the United States.
The threshold of 217 votes in favor of indicting Donald Trump has been crossed, as the Democratic-majority House continues to vote on the passage of the indictment targeting the Republican billionaire. Ten Republicans have already voted with Democrats in favor of impeachment.
The trial of Donald Trump, by senators, is expected to take place after he leaves the White House on January 20.
US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday refused to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to oust Donald Trump.
“I do not believe that such an act is in the best interest of our nation nor does it correspond to the Constitution,” Mike Pence wrote to Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi just before a vote in the lower house on a resolution requiring him to use this lever unheard of in American history.
“A terrible jurisprudence”
In his letter, Mike Pence recalls that there are only a few days left before Donald Trump’s departure from the White House, scheduled for January 20.
The 25th Amendment to the Constitution allows the vice president and a majority of the cabinet to declare the president “unfit” to hold office.
“According to our Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation,” says Mike Pence. “To apply it in this way would create a terrible case law”.
Washington under high security
The Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, let him know that he did not rule out voting for the impeachment of Donald Trump in the event of a trial in the upper house of Congress.
“I have not made my final decision on my vote, I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” he wrote to his fellow Republicans in a note made public.
A few hours before this historic vote, and a week before the taking of the oath of the next President Joe Biden, the city of Washington, placed under very high security, was unrecognizable.
Striking images: Dozens of military reservists spent the night inside the Congress building, still sleeping on the floor in rooms and corridors even as elected officials arrived.
Concrete blocks have been placed to block the main axes of the city center, huge metal gates surround many federal buildings, including the White House. The National Guard is everywhere.
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