The current head of the White House is facing charges of inciting rebellion in connection with the events of last Wednesday, when a crowd of his supporters attacked the Congress building. This happened at a Congress meeting on the results of the presidential election. The riots claimed five lives. According to both Democrats and some Republicans, Trump’s rhetoric contributed to his followers’ attack on the Capitol.
Even before the vote, several members of Trump’s Republican Party indicated that they would support the proposal of a democratic majority in the House of Representatives. In the end, dozens of Republican lawmakers voted for his indictment, 197 of them opposed.
The lawsuit could be filed with the Senate later this week, but it will probably not be considered until after the inauguration of Trump’s successor at the White House, Joe Biden. This democratic politician will take office next Wednesday.
President Trump, who has blocked accounts on Twitter and Facebook, has not commented much on the matter yet. On Tuesday, he called the new constitutional lawsuit ridiculous, while not acknowledging responsibility for the events of last Wednesday.
Democratic lawmakers filed a constitutional lawsuit against Trump as early as 2019. At the time, he faced allegations of abuse of office and obstruction of justice in an attempt to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenský to take a politically advantageous step for Trump. A Republican-dominated senate, however, acquitted the president.
Recent reports from the US media, however, suggest that this time support could be found in the US Senate for its conviction.
“We know that the President of the United States has exhorted this uprising … It is a clear and immediate threat to a country we all love,” the American media quoted Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as saying. “The president must be indicted and I am convinced that the Senate must condemn him,” Pelosi said.
The BBC news website adds that a possible conviction would deprive Trump of a life pension and health insurance, and could also lose state-paid security.
Trumpa will be replaced in the White House in seven days by the winner of the autumn elections, Joe Biden, but the leaders of the Democratic Party insist that his actions from last week require a radical reaction. Before the start of the Congressional meeting on the results of the presidential election, Trump called on his supporters to go to the Capitol, talking about the need to “fight for life.” A crowd of his followers then clashed with police and broke into Congress, rioting five people.
Today’s Chamber of Deputies were accompanied by unprecedented security measures. Photos of reporters from Congress and its environs show patrolling groups of soldiers and tens to hundreds of other members of the armed forces resting in the corridors inside the Capitol. The mobilization is based on fears of further violence and the imminent inauguration of Biden.
I spotted the National Guard sleeping in the hallways of the Capitol as I walked in this morning. pic.twitter.com/PzVpQCo5yU
– Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) January 13, 2021
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