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House moves toward impeaching Trump over Capitol attack

Posted at 7:59 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 09:59:29-05

The House is moving closer to impeaching President Trump if Vice President Mike Pence fails to invoke the 25th Amendment, with Democrats planning to take action of a resolution calling on Pence to remove the president over last week's attack on the Capitol.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats plan to ask for unanimous consent for a resolution imploring Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment on Monday. House Republicans are almost certain to object, and Pelosi said she will bring the measure to the floor for a vote on Tuesday.

If Pence does not respond, Pelosi said the House will proceed with articles of impeachment, which have been drafted but have not yet been introduced.

In an interview with "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night, Pelosi said although there are "only a number of days until we can be protected from" Mr. Trump, "he has done something so serious that there should be prosecution against him."

Under the 25th Amendment, the vice president can assume power as acting president if a majority of the Cabinet determines the president is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."