WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump, calling him a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on the Capitol.

Pelosi made the announcement in a letter to colleagues. She said the House will act with solemnity but also urgency with just days remaining before Trump is to leave office on Jan. 20.

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

“The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”

With impeachment planning intensifying, two Republican senators want Trump to resign immediately as efforts mount to prevent Trump from ever again holding elective office in the wake of deadly riots at the Capitol.

House Democrats are expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday and vote as soon as Tuesday. The strategy would be to condemn the president’s actions swiftly but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days. That would allow President-elect Joe Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he is inaugurated Jan. 20.

Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and a top Biden ally, laid out the ideas Sunday as the country came to grips with the siege at the Capitol by Trump loyalists trying to overturn the election results.

“Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running,” Clyburn said.

Pressure was mounting for Trump to leave office even before his term ended amid alarming concerns of more unrest ahead of the inauguration. The president whipped up the mob that stormed the Capitol, sent lawmakers into hiding and left five dead.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Sunday joined Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for Trump to “resign and go away as soon as possible.”

“I think the president has disqualified himself from ever, certainly, serving in office again,” Toomey said. “I don’t think he is electable in any way.”

Murkowski, who has long voiced her exasperation with Trump’s conduct in office, told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that Trump simply “needs to get out.” A third Republican, Sen. Roy Blunt, of Missouri, did not go that far, but on Sunday he warned Trump to be “very careful” in his final days in office.

Corporate America began to tie its reaction to the Capitol riots by tying them to campaign contributions.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s CEO and President Kim Keck said it will not contribute to those lawmakers — all Republicans — who supported challenges to Biden’s Electoral College win. The group “will suspend contributions to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy,” Kim said.

Citigroup did not single out lawmakers aligned with Trump’s effort to overturn the election, but said it would be pausing all federal political donations for the first three months of the year. Citi’s head of global government affairs, Candi Wolff, said in a Friday memo to employees, “We want you to be assured that we will not support candidates who do not respect the rule of law.”

House leaders, furious after the insurrection, appear determined to act against Trump despite the short timeline.

Late Saturday, Pelosi, D-Calif., convened a conference call with her leadership team and sent a letter to her colleagues reiterating that Trump must be held accountable. She told her caucus, now scattered across the country on a two-week recess, to “be prepared to return to Washington this week” but did not say outright that there would be a vote on impeachment.

“It is absolutely essential that those who perpetrated the assault on our democracy be held accountable,” Pelosi wrote. “There must be a recognition that this desecration was instigated by the President.”

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said an impeachment trial could not begin under the current calendar before Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.

Clyburn said that Pelosi “will make the determination as when is the best time” to send articles of impeachment to the Senate if and when they are passed by the House.

Another idea being considered was to have a separate vote that would prevent Trump from ever holding office again. That could potentially only need a simple majority vote of 51 senators, unlike impeachment, in which two-thirds of the 100-member Senate must support a conviction.

The Senate was set to be split evenly at 50-50, but under Democratic control once Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the two Democrats who won Georgia’s Senate runoff elections last week are sworn in. Harris would be the Senate’s tie-breaking vote.

House Democrats were considering two possible packages of votes: one on setting up a commission to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office and one on the impeachment charge of abuse of power.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., who was part of the weekend leadership call, said he expected a “week of action” in the House.

While many have criticized Trump, Republicans have said that impeachment would be divisive in a time of unity.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said that instead of coming together, Democrats want to “talk about ridiculous things like ‘Let’s impeach a president’” with just days left in office.

Still, some Republicans might be supportive.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said he would take a look at any articles that the House sent over. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic, said he would “vote the right way” if the matter were put in front of him.

The Democratic effort to stamp Trump’s presidential record — for the second time — with the indelible mark of impeachment had advanced rapidly since the riot.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I, a leader of the House effort to draft impeachment articles accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, said Sunday that his group had 200-plus co-sponsors.

The articles, if passed by the House, could then be transmitted to the Senate for a trial, with senators acting as jurors to acquit or convict Trump. If convicted, Trump would be removed from office and succeeded by the vice president. It would be the first time a U.S. president had been impeached twice.

Potentially complicating Pelosi’s decision about impeachment was what it meant for Biden and the beginning of his presidency. While reiterating that he had long viewed Trump as unfit for office, Biden on Friday sidestepped a question about impeachment, saying what Congress did “is for them to decide.”

A violent and largely white mob of Trump supporters overpowered police, broke through security lines and windows and rampaged through the Capitol on Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to scatter as they were finalizing Biden’s victory over Trump in the Electoral College.

Toomey appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Clyburn was on “Fox News Sunday” and CNN. Kinzinger was on ABC’s “This Week,” Blunt was on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and Rubio was on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”

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(61) comments

KellyAlzan

FNP MANAGEMENT:

I’m reference to the email that I recently sent. Please step up.

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Lead Commenter

C.D.Reid

Oh, and to all the haters, I quoted a knowledgeable law professor at an esteemed university. Where did you all get your law degrees? Hmmm? And remember, those from boxes of Cracker Jacks don't count. [lol]

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Butch

AGAIN ...it's not us you need to convince...and unless you think members of Congress are reading the FNP comment section, your "quoting" anyone is pointless...also don't break your arm as you pat yourself on the back for basically typing words in a little white box. [sleep][sleep][sleep]

phydeaux994

Dave, David, Mr. Reid, you have insulted, demeaned, degraded, Bullied, lied to others here for 5+ years. You are the leader of the infamous BTT(BullyTagTeam) called others terrible names, accused them of not having a life, mocked us, taunted us, on and on. And now, after a little push back, you are playing the victim, whining and crying, looking for sympathy, lashing out in anger. You’re the big tough guy, but like all Bullies you fold like a soggy scrap of paper. Peace Dave, I wish you all the best.

bosco

Fido, the Champion for Peace and Unity:

"phydeaux994 Jan 7, 2021 9:00am

Those Terrorists you saw yesterday and the President who’s name they carried and all of the 74 million enablers and sympathizers who voted for him are NOT Americans. They are Anarchists and criminals trying to destroy our Constitutional Republic and our Democracy and we should recognize that fact"

That's a pretty broad brush you are using there, Fido. Are you and the munckin Robert Reich are working on those reeducation camps that he spoke of?

NewMarketParent

@Reek

Is it always projection with you?

shiftless88

CD; and there is this: aurence H. Tribe is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor Emeritus at Harvard and has advised members of Congress on matters of impeachment. Joshua Matz is a partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and served as counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment and trial of President Trump last year. Together, they wrote “To End A Presidency: The Power of Impeachment.”

As the House of Representatives takes the extraordinary step of considering a second impeachment of President Trump during his final days in office, two questions loom large: Did Trump commit impeachable offenses? And does it make sense to impeach even though the Senate may not try and convict him before he leaves office on Jan. 20? The answer to both questions is yes.

C.D.Reid

Yep, it didn't take long for the haters to attack, thanks for proving me right again. So I reiterate the last line in my initial comment.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Butch

How did we prove you right? Did you think you were talking to members of Congress here on the FNP comment section? Really???

C.D.Reid

The entire transcript of Trump’s speech last Wednesday is available to read online. I’ve read it in its entirety, I wonder how many people commenting here have? And nowhere in it does he call for violence of any kind. At one point he said “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” That’s “PEACEFULLY and patriotically make [their] voices heard.”

Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, stated “The speech itself does not give a clear basis for the charges of insurrection or incitement. The president talks about his followers marching on Congress peacefully… He does not call for riots. He does not call for violence. With seeking his removal for incitement, Democrats would gut not only the impeachment standard but also free speech, all in a mad rush to remove Trump just days before his term ends. Are you actually going to impeach a president for speech that the Supreme Court would likely find protected under the First Amendment?"

This farce of a second impeachment is nothing more than political grandstanding, kicking a man while he’s down to garner more feel- good brownie points with the blind TDS Cult. And that Cult is soaking it right up. Now, it’s inevitable that the local members of that Cult will soon be attacking me for this comment, posting their usual hate filled rhetoric and insulting me in every possible manner they can so, in advance, to them I’d like to offer a heartfelt KMA.

pdl603

I heard the speech and read the transcript to make sure. Your assessment is spot on. God bless America and President Trump for all he has done because dark times are at our door step.

olefool

piddle... Yep, God Bless America... but not the renegades that seek to overthrow and destroy it. Specifically, Trump and those that abet his fallacies of president for life and share his love for Putin. Get it??

C.D.Reid

But "but not the renegades that seek to overthrow and destroy it." That would be Antifa and the like organizations of the violent, radical Left who rioted the better part of last year, calling for defunding the police while they burned, looted and did everything they could to trash our system. Or have you conveniently forgotten the activities of 2020, fool?

threecents

Antifa is anti-white supremacy and anti-fascism. What we saw on Wednesday was anti-US. Not sure how you can miss the difference unless you are anti-US.

pdl603

Talk to Jerry Nadler and Bill Clinton. Nadler sought the commutation of sentences for two democrats who actually bombed the senate building in 1983 Clinton agreed and sentences commuted. Since they were democrats and you are a democrat and voted for Clinton you are a terrorist.

duffy5x

You are insane. Trump needs to be arrested

olefool

Nice try CD... It ain't working though.... I read the "Third Reich" and thought from his words that he was a hero.... and then I saw films of him and heard his ramblings about "the final solution" and knew he was a despot worth hanging. So you read the transcript of Trump's speech, but did you watch the delivery of those words, if you did you know why all those renegades "marched" to the Capitol. The question for you is: Why do you justify those renegades murdering innocent people doing their jobs; Why do you justify those renegades trashing and denigrating the Citadel of American Democracy, the Capitol Building; Why do you justify all the lies and false information put forth by the renegade in the White House regarding his loss of the election. Patriotic American do not mob up to overthrow the constitution without their leader instigating and demanding they do so. I won't hold my breath waiting for an honest response from you, they never come. So ditto to your "heartfelt KMA".

NewMarketParent

@CDeez

Your words seem to mimic the words of all failed seditionists. They are the same words that people who got caught steeling always say. "I wasn't serious!" "It was just a joke!" "I wasn't really trying to violently overthrow the US Government".

Maga is a terrorist organization bent on the overthrow of the US Government. Deny it all you want, but we all witnessed the attempt to murder congress via putsch on Wednesday, January 6.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

From Butch's past comments he has law enforcement ties and notice you haven't heard one word from about the cop that was murdered last Wednesday, all you have heard is him defending rioters and the orange one so ....it takes a (word that the FNP probably won't allow) to continue to be so deluded...like the person I ran into on Twitter last night able to convince themselves of all sorts of deluded things. This is who we have to share space with...(me shuddering)

phydeaux994

You are pitiful people.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Butch

So you think members of Congress have nothing better to do than read the FNP comment section and you are trying to convince them or because you are trying to convince us?

Trying to convince us Trump doesn't warrant being impeached is an exercise in futility, we were convinced the last time Trump was impeached he needed to be removed from office so..

Because I don't get your point in posting this rant? I mean it would be cool if they were reading out comments but I highly doubt they are ?

duffy5x

Trump needs to be arrested. Clearly, you’re not much a critical thinker...or any kind of thinker.

sevenstones1000

Oh please. Sorry, I have eyeballs in my head and saw that stilted, hostage video that. Trump is even now disowning and saying he regrets making it.

I’ve also been awake for the last four years and heard his frequent calls for violence and his most recent lies and attempted strong arming of election officials.

public-redux

“... kicking a man while he’s down ...”

How can you say such a disloyal thing??? Trump isn’t down. He is never down. He is very, very, very, very up.

threecents

CD, It wasn't just that one speech. It was multiple speeches and tweets. Also the speech from his lawyer, Rudy G, who called for combat. Most of the rioters believed Trump was with them during the riot. But the clearer case for impeachment is the phone calls to the governors demanding they change the votes or they could face prosecution. I hope that helps you understand that this is not a case of liberals being hypocritical. Sorry if we get angry with you sometimes, but it is only because we are trying to help you.

shiftless88

Others, including law professors and even congressional Republicans, think differently. I know everyone keeps trying to pretend that the law is absolute and not subject to interpretation but, of course, it is (or rather, the relationship between the action and the law is subject to interpretation).

bosco

Pelosi probably tore up her copy.

Joeseamhead

The Senate has the power both to remove Trump from office and to prevent him from holding office in the future. That second power will not expire when his term ends, many constitutional scholars say. A Senate trial can happen after Jan. 20.

I’m no constitutional scholar, but I am also of the personal opinion that a president can not pardon himself. I remember that seemed to have been established during Watergate before Richard Nixon resigned. Of course, Gerald Ford immediately pardoned him.

olefool

Impeach and convict the renegade president and banish him and his sycophant's (including family) from our shores while confiscating their wealth (if they have any). If they don't want to go, erect gallows in the Rose Garden and give them their just deserts. This is no time for mealy mouthed platitudes, our very survival as a society depends on ridding ourselves of those renegades..

Dwasserba

Come forward if you participated.

NewMarketParent

Make no mistake about it, this was a coup attempt by Maga. I realize that everyone is still in denial mode, but it absolutely was a violent coup attempt. Just because it wasn't successful doesn't make the intent any less serious. We have to fully understand that Maga world has declared itself an enemy of the US government and not just a fringe political party. It is intent on the violent overthrow of US government. The Republicans that refuse to impeach are leaving the door open for another attempt and signalling a soft support for an overthrow of the US government. All the elements are still in play. If not strongly shunned and cut off, they will try again on Inauguration day and show up with a militarized backing.

chris

Exactly.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

Oh and these privileged white people killed a COP and tried smash one in the doors and probably caused a cop's suicide...so

Cops are biased towards white people and biased against black people, so when all these "white people" started storming the Capitol the Capitol police were just simply stunned and as we have seen so unprepared, Unprepared by design and choice, this raid was planned in plain sight and yet...the Capitol police were out numbered and so unprepared???

There were a lot of cops and military members in the crowd...which makes Inauguration day so frightening! Who is really going to be protecting the "people" if the people doing the protecting are the ones that want to kill you?

Off-duty police officers and members of the military are being investigated over the attack on the US Capitol

The Washington Post on Sunday named a series of bodies investigating their officers, including the Seattle Police Department, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office in Texas, and the police department in Zelienople, Pennsylvania.

Dave Ellis, a police chief in Troy, New Hampshire, told New Hampshire Public Radio that he attended Trump's rally ahead of the attack on the Capitol but left before it turned violent. NHPR said the chair of the town's Board of Selectmen was standing by Ellis amid calls for his dismissal.

https://www.businessinsider.com/off-duty-cops-and-military-investigated-after-capitol-riot-2021-1?op=1

Last night on Twitter I ran into someone who was convinced that since the flags at the White House were being flown at half mast because the Sedition act had been signed by Trump, so no this isn't over

NewMarketParent

I don't think this is over. Republicans not voting for impeachment are soft-signaling support for another coup attempt. Erik Prince and his mercs as well as the Russians are watching.

NewMarketParent

Also, these people would have executed our duly-elected Congress. They would have rationalized it saying that they stole the election, but if you don't think that they absolutely would have executed Congress what you witnessed has not sunken in all of the way. They were prepared. They were armed. They had inside help.

How do you even go to work the next day knowing that a person you work with tried to have you killed?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

We are correct, this isn't over...

Trump supporters plan 'armed protests' in all 50 states starting this weekend: FBI bulletin

An FBI bulletin obtained by ABC News reporter Aaron Katersky claims that "armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January."

What's more, at least some of these protesters have vowed to employ violence if Trump is either impeached or removed via the 25th Amendment.

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-insurrectionists-2649874870/

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

QAnon congresswoman faces calls for arrest after live-tweeting Nancy Pelosi's location to rioters

https://www.rawstory.com/lauren-boebert-twitter/

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), a gun-toting supporter of the QAnon movement, is facing backlash after she was accused of live-tweeting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) location during the attack on Capitol Hill last week.

Yeah I don't know how I could work with someone that was trying their darnest to lead the murdering mob right to me??

NewMarketParent

@PurplePickles

Remember the quote of David Frum:

“Maybe you do not care much about the future of the Republican Party. You should. Conservatives will always be with us. If conservatives become convinced that they can not win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. The will reject democracy.”

Piedmontgardener

This is necessary for the Republic. As a private citizen, he will be under the subpoena power of the Senate and can be dragged back into his trial as a hostile witness in the spring. Let him take the 5th, repeatedly and be stripped of all US government benefits and be humiliated.

DickD

This is very bad. Trump will be impeached - he deserves it. It has gone farther than most of us considered possible. Now those who caused or supppoted the insurrection must pay for it.

Joeseamhead

LK, I am no huge fan of Pelosi, but I think you are wrong. Maybe you don’t believe that she knows what she is talking about, but believe it when I tell you that Jamie Raskin knows more regarding the US Constitution than virtually anyone on Capitol Hill, and he is the one that drew up the impeachment argument.As to doing more harm to the country if they succeed, nothing can do more harm to the US than to allow Donald Trump any form of a political future again. If the Senate finds him guilty, that end will be achieved, even if the trial is weeks after Biden becomes president.This may reek of vengeance, but regardless, the Trump danger and madness must be thoroughly eradicated from our country.

TomWheatley

“Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running,” Clyburn said.

Considering that Trump is unhinged, why wait and not send off the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week?

matts853

It seems like the plan is to impeach in the house, and hold a senate trial after the 100 days. I initially thought impeachment was a bad idea, but now I think it’s absolutely necessary. Trump’s crime is unforgivable. I don’t see this as politically motivated vengeance, it’s rightfully holding Trump accountable for a most egregious violation of the constitution. He can’t get away with this.

Jan 6 stands up there with Dec. 7 and Sept. 11 as three of the most infamous days in America history where our nation was blind-sided with aggression.

sevenstones1000

Do you know how the process works? Impeachment itself does not remove the president. The trial in the senate does. Republican Mitch has already refused to hold such a trial. So it will be held when the New Democratic majority senate is seated.

Besides removing a president, conviction prevents him from ever holding federal office again and also eliminates his life long pension and travel perks.

Dwasserba

[thumbup]seven

bosco

I urge arrest as soon as he leaves office and charged with inciting a riot - as well as Rudi for saying that the protesters needed to invoke "trial by combat". They are both unhinged and need to be held accountable for their actions.

I'm glad to see the arrests of the rioters who broke into the Capitol. I hope they are charged as dosmestic terrorists and also placed on the no-fly list. They also need to be held accountable.

We are a nation of laws.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Stimpy

are you feeling okay? your post doesn't sound like something you would say?

phydeaux994

bosco is resorting to sarcasm as he retreats. He and DM (not CD) and piddle and the rest of the BTT(BullyTagTeam) are not used to being on the receiving end of their attack tactics and they are not holding up well. Poor babies.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@phy

So Stimpy's comment was sarcasm..lol well that went right over my head, he was sounding a tad fruit cakey so I should have known...

threecents

Bosco, Why not include charges for trying to force governors to fix the election results?

newspostreader

I do agree that impeaching will create some divide, but I think the risk of not impeaching is far worse. We must never allow this type of behavior from a President again. He encouraged last week's events. He has the blood of Capitol Officers on his hands.

DickD

[thumbup][thumbup]

LeonardKeepers

pelosi is a good one for preaching defending the constitution when she has no idea of what she is talking about,she should be impeached not President Trump.it is a extremely big mistake to attempt to impeach President Trump at this time.it is/will do more harm to this country if she succeeds in impeaching President Trump

matts853

So do you think Trump deserves any punishment at all? Or do you think he did nothing wrong?

pdl603

No punishment at all. Read the transcripts of the speech. Words have meaning if you take the time to read them.

duffy5x

Unlike you, I understand words. Trump is a criminal.

sevenstones1000

You sound scared, Leonard? Afraid to be held to account?

shiftless88

Leonard; I am sure that you are the primary person Pelosi turns to for her guidance as to what harms the country.....

shiftless88

I mean, if Trump supporters are all about not harming the country, you think they wouldn't have invaded the Capitol

anInterestedPerson

Please identify the specific harm that will be done

duffy5x

Trymp needs to be held accountable for inciting sedition. The end.

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