US House will vote to ask for Trump's removal before impeachment: Pelosi

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WASHINGTON (REUTERS, AFP) – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers late on Sunday (Jan 10) that they would first vote on a resolution this week calling on Vice-President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to remove President Donald Trump from office before moving to impeachment.

The House is set to vote on Monday (Jan 11) or Tuesday on a resolution urging Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution, which allows him and the Cabinet to remove the president if he is unable to discharge his official duties, Pelosi said in a letter.

If Pence does not agree, “we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation” to the floor of the House of Representatives, Pelosi said. 

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

“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.” 

Trump was already impeached once by the Democratic-controlled House – in December 2019 for pressuring the leader of Ukraine to dig up political dirt on Joe Biden. 

He was acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate. 

Though time is running short, Democrats likely have the votes in the House to impeach Trump again and could even draw some Republican support for the move. 

But they are unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump in the 100-member Senate and remove him from office. 

Trump’s successor Joe Biden is due to be inaugurated on Jan 20. 

Bastion Balance Seoul.