Trump faces ‘incitement of insurrection’ charge as House moves to impeach

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The House on Monday morning read a resolution to force Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.

The Associated Press reports that Republicans blocked the resolution.

The House formally introduced legislation to impeach Trump on a charge of “incitement of insurrection.”

“The President incited an insurrection. As a nation, a Congress, and an American people, we must make clear that his actions were a violation of his oath & a betrayal of his office,” a co-sponsor of the article of impeachment, Rep. Abigail Spanberger tweeted ahead of the brief session.

House Democrats began discussing a second impeachment after Trump’s response to Wednesday’s Capitol riot, when Trump supporters broke into the capitol building while Congress was in session to certify Joe Biden’s win as the next president of the United States.

“If Vice President Pence, a target of this insurrection, will not do his duty and invoke the 25th Amendment, then all who hold our oaths to protect our nation and its Constitution dear will be forced to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting this insurrection,” tweeted Spanberger.

The rioters were photographed in private office spaces, and shown looting from the building. Meanwhile, lawmakers, journalists, aides and other Capitol employees were in hiding. The vice president had to be evacuated from the area.

People shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick died from injuries after he was struck during the riot. A second officer who responded to the riot died from an apparent suicide. Four others died as a result of the riot.

Trump’s first statement on the violence was without condemnation. A video tweeted while rioters were still inside showed Trump saying “we love you, you’re very special.”

Twitter removed the video for violating its policies, then later permanently banned him from the social media platform.

Pelosi called Trump deranged and unhinged, and worries that the president would pardon those arrested for breaking into the Capitol.

The article of impeachment tweeted also cited Trump’s phone call with the Georgia Secretary of State just days before the riot.

During the recorded call, he was heard saying: “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state.”

At least 210 Congress members have signed on to support the articles of impeachment, according to co-sponsor David Cicilline (RI-01).

Trump was first impeached by the U.S. House in December 2019, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Republican-controlled Senate found him not guilty.

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