Democratic lawmakers push articles of impeachment against Trump over Capitol riot

Democrats have been up in arms this week over President Donald Trump’s perceived role in inciting the riot in the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

Now, a group of lawmakers is reportedly circulating articles of impeachment in a last-ditch effort to remove the president from office.

“Willfully inciting”

The news came on Thursday in the form of a tweet from U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), which included the resolution being introduced by a trio that also includes Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD).

According to the four-page document, Democrats are once again looking to pursue allegations of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

Specifically, the representatives are accusing Trump of “willfully inciting” the violent siege of the Capitol building this week in an apparent effort to support the president’s claims that voter fraud in the 2020 election cost him a second term.

“In his conduct of the office of President of the United State — and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed — Donald J. Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States,” the latest articles of impeachment claim.

In their statement, the Democratic representatives attempt to casually link the president’s actions ahead of the riots to the actions of those who participated in it.

“Consistent with his prior efforts”

“Shortly before the Joint Session commenced [to certify the Electoral College votes], President Trump addressed a crowd of his political supporters nearby,” the document states. “There, he reiterated false claims that ‘we won this election, and we won it by a landslide.’ He also willfully made statements that encouraged – and foreseeable resulted in – imminent lawless action at the Capitol.”

According to the three legislators, Trump’s “conduct” on Wednesday “was consistent with his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.”

They went on to cite a phone call between the president and GOP Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the articles, claiming that Trump “urged” the state official “to ‘find’ enough votes to overturn the Georgia presidential election results and threatened Mr. Raffensperger if he failed to do so.”

Of course, even some Republicans are getting in on the push to remove Trump from the White House. As one notable example, GOP Vermont Gov. Phil Scott called for the president to resign or, if he refuses, to be forced out of office, The Wrap reported.

For his part, however, Trump responded to the events on Capitol Hill by condemning the violence and promising an “orderly transition” to the Biden administration later this month,” according to Breitbart.

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