Pelosi says House will vote on impeachment this week

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump, calling him a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on the Capitol.

In a letter sent to her colleagues, Pelosi says there will be a resolution in the House calling on Vice President Mike Pence “to convene and mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment to declare the President incapable of executing the duties of his office.”

She said the House will act with solemnity but also urgency with just days remaining before Trump is to leave office on Jan. 20.

“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” she said.

“The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”

With impeachment planning intensifying, two Republican senators want President Donald Trump to resign immediately as efforts mount to prevent Trump from ever again holding elective office in the wake of deadly riots at the Capitol.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Sunday joined Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for Trump to “resign and go away as soon as possible.”

On Wednesday, a mob of Trump supporters violently attacked the U.S. Capitol that resulted in the deaths of five people.

House leaders, furious after the insurrection, appear determined to act against Trump despite the short timeline.

You can find the full release below.

Dear Democratic Colleague,

On this Sunday, as we pray that God will continue to Bless America, I write to inform you of our next actions, which will be made with the great solemnity that this moment requires. 

I want to call to your immediate attention the action to be taken tomorrow morning, when Majority Leader Hoyer will request Unanimous Consent to bring up the Raskin resolution.  This resolution calls on the Vice President to convene and mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment to declare the President incapable of executing the duties of his office, after which the Vice President would immediately exercise powers as acting President.  The text of the resolution can be found here.

If we do not receive Unanimous Consent, this legislation is planned to be brought up on the Floor the following day.  We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours. 

Next, we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor. 

In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both.  As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action. 

I look forward to our Caucus call tomorrow.  I am grateful to all Members for the suggestions, observations and input that you have been sending.  Your views on the 25th Amendment, 14th Amendment Section 3 and impeachment are valued as we continue.  I am answering your communications in chronological order and will do so into the night. 

Thank you for your patriotism.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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