Democrats of Congress have formally introduced articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump, following the riots that broke out last week and sent many representatives into a lockdown situation.
The Democrats state in the papers filed that they are charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection”.
The full document, that is broken down on CNN, turns to the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that any person who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the United States be barred from holding office.
“This impeachment charge is meant to defend the integrity of the republic,” Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times. “Both Democratic and Republican members of Congress must attend to the duties of their oath. Failing to act would set an irresponsibly dangerous precedent for future presidents who are about to leave office.”
He continued: “Further, there can be no healing of the divisions in our country without justice for the man most responsible for this horrific insurrection. The president must be held accountable.”
However, House Republicans are wary of the move, stating that impeachment could cause Trump to increase his division in the country.
Trump was impeached last year by the House for abuse of power, however, the Senate acquitted him.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made the announcement over the weekend that the House would seek to impeach Trump unless the 25th Amendment was invoked, which would call on Vice President Mike Pence to remove Trump from office.
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