Trump stares down new impeachment threat

President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE is facing a new threat with less than two weeks left in his presidency as House Democrats inch closer to impeaching him for a second time.

Lawmakers have signaled their division in the aftermath of Wednesday’s riot, which saw Trump supporters storm the Capitol — breaking windows, ransacking offices, and destroying artifacts and other parts of the historic building in the process.

Democrats and GOP lawmakers alike have placed responsibility for the attacks on Trump, who at a rally earlier in the day urged his supporters to march to the Capitol while repeating his disputed claims of a “stolen” election. 


Trump faced further condemnation for social media posts he made during the riot, including one in which he asked his supporters to retreat while simultaneously praising the mob, calling them "very special people" and saying he loved them.

Twitter has since permanently suspended Trump’s account, and both Facebook and Snapchat also issued indefinite suspensions for Trump on their platforms. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Hillicon Valley: Colonial pipeline is back online, but concerns remain | Uber, Lyft struggle with driver supply | Apple cuts controversial hire Ocasio-Cortez on Taylor Greene: 'These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time' MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday said that if Trump does not resign over his role in inciting the riot, which resulted in five deaths, she has directed the House Rules Committee to quickly take up a motion to impeach Trump as well as legislation to create a commission that can declare that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

This came after Pelosi earlier this week suggested that House lawmakers would move to impeach Trump if Vice President Pence and other Cabinet officials did not remove the president by invoking the 25th Amendment.

Pence reportedly opposes using the 1967 amendment, which ensures that the government remains in operation should a sitting president be deemed unfit to perform essential duties.  


A trio of Democratic lawmakers — Reps. David CicillineDavid CicillineDemocrats reintroduce legislation to ban 'ghost guns' Republicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld Washington keeps close eye as Apple antitrust fight goes to court MORE (R.I.), Ted LieuTed W. LieuAsian American lawmakers say State's 'assignment restrictions' discriminate Democrats, activists blast Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Lawmakers praise Biden for expected recognition of Armenian Genocide MORE (Calif.) and Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinWatchdog finds Architect of the Capitol was sidelined from security planning ahead of Jan. 6 Six House Democrats ask Garland to review case of lawyer placed under house arrest over Chevron suit Democrats seek to keep spotlight on Capitol siege MORE (Md.) — is preparing to introduce new articles of impeachment against Trump as soon as Monday’s pro forma session. The articles would address both Trump’s role in the Capitol siege and his months-long refusal to accept his election defeat.

Trump for the first time acknowledged his loss in taped remarks Thursday, saying “a new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20” and his “focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power.” 

Trump, however, in one of his final tweets before he was banned from Twitter, announced he would not be attending President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE’s inauguration, breaking with more than a century of tradition. 

With the Jan. 20 inauguration approaching, many have questioned what a Trump impeachment trial would look like with a new president already in the Oval Office. 

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Biden, Senate GOP take step toward infrastructure deal as other plans hit speed bumps Senate GOP to give Biden infrastructure counteroffer next week Masks shed at White House; McConnell: 'Free at last' MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday circulated a memo to his colleagues outlining the procedure for holding another impeachment trial for Trump. 


The document, which was first reported by The Washington Post, lays out how the Senate would proceed if the House approves articles of impeachment and transmits them to the upper chamber before or by Jan. 19, when senators are scheduled to resume regular business after the January recess.

McConnell says the most likely scenario is for the Senate to receive a message from the lower chamber notifying it of the impeachment action on Jan. 19. That would then give the Senate the option of ordering the House impeachment managers to present those articles on the same day.

Senate impeachment rules say that at 1 p.m. on the day after the managers exhibit the articles, the Senate “must proceed to their consideration,” the memo states. 

As a result, the Senate trial would not begin until one hour after Biden takes the oath of office. 

In the White House’s first public remarks on a potential impeachment, spokesperson Judd DeereJudd DeereHere's how presidents move into the White House in just hours on Inauguration Day Pence's relationship with Trump fractures in final days Trump stares down new impeachment threat MORE said in a statement Friday that “a politically motivated impeachment against a President with 12 days remaining in his term will only serve to further divide our great country.” 

Republican lawmakers have also warned against an impeachment so close to Inauguration Day, with Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedLawmakers brace for battles with colleagues as redistricting kicks off Hundreds of businesses sign on to support LGBTQ rights legislation House panel opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations MORE (N.Y.) telling The Hill on Friday that “it's more important to focus on healing and doing a peaceful transition of power as the president himself has conceded where we are and impeachment just inflames those that believe this election has been stolen.” 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyRoy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts Why Cheney was toppled, and what it says about the GOP and Trump's claims MORE (R-Calif.) also said Friday that he believes “impeaching the President with just 12 days left in his term will only divide our country more.”

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntOn The Money: Biden, Senate GOP take step toward infrastructure deal as other plans hit speed bumps Senate GOP to give Biden infrastructure counteroffer next week Biden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise MORE (R-Mo.) likewise dismissed impeachment calls, arguing that “it's a ridiculous discussion to have” and he has “enough decisions to make about things that can happen rather than to spend time on things that can't happen.” 

So far, Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTrump critics push new direction for GOP Democrats fundraise off of vote to remove Cheney from GOP leadership Kinzinger on Cheney removal: History will call this 'low point of the Republican Party' MORE (Ill.) is the only House Republican to publicly back invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate panel deadlocks over Biden pick to lead DOJ civil rights division Senate GOP dismayed by vote to boot Cheney Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE (Alaska) on Friday became the first GOP senator to call for Trump's resignation

The Hill's Alexander Bolton contributed.