In the wake of Donald Trump inciting a militia of followers to overtake the Capitol in an unprecedented insurrection, there have been bipartisan calls for his removal. Multiple lawmakers have demanded either impeachment or invoking the 25th amendment to remove him from office immediately. Notably, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has joined calls to invoke the 25th amendment. Wednesday, as the Capitol was still under siege with lawmakers under lockdown, Representative Ilhan Omar tweeted that she was drawing up articles of impeachment. Now, that daft has been introduced with co-leads David Cicilline, Mondaire Jones, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Veronica Escobar, Jamaal Bowman, Ayanna Pressley, Vicente Gonalez, Al Green, and Hank Johnson.
"Just this week, Donald Trump abused his power yet again, pressuring state officials to deny the results of the November election and inciting a violent mob to descend upon the legislative branch — all in an attempt to undermine the integrity of our democracy," Jones, who made history earlier this month when he became one of two Black gay men sworn into Congress. The other, Ritchie Torres, was sworn in the same day. "We must ensure that this is Donald Trump's last opportunity to do harm. That's why I'm proud to join my colleagues in calling for impeachment. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Donald Trumps in the Republican Party seek to ascend to higher office, and we must send them a message that no one is above the law." Jones notably is regarded as the most powerful freshman member of Congress as he was elected to be the representative to House leadership.
The resolution itself aims to impeach Trump "for high crimes and misdemeanors." The articles call out his abuse of his powers when he attempted to "unlawfully overturn the results of the November 2020 Presidential election in the State of Georgia," as well as incited "violence and [orchestrated] an attempted coup against our country." The House of Representatives impeached Trump in December 2019, but the Senate acquitted him of the charges and never removed him from office.
According to a CNN report, Pelosi believes the House could successfully impeach Trump again.