Assistant House Speaker: Impeachment vote could happen next week

Assistant House Speaker Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi signals no further action against Omar Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Pelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement MORE (D-Mass.) on Friday said a vote to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE for the second time could happen as early as next week.

“Donald Trump needs to be removed from office. And we are going to proceed with every tool that we have to make sure that that happens to protect our democracy,” Clark said during an interview on CNN.

“If the reports are correct, and [Vice President] Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol on Jan. 6 Virginia couple pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges linked to Capitol riot Juan Williams: GOP preparing the ground to steal an election MORE is not going to uphold his oath of office and remove the president and help protect our democracy, then we will move forward with impeachment to do just that,” she added.


When asked when the articles would be brought to the House floor, Clark responded, “Well, that will be as early as mid-next week.”

“We have a president that incited a seditious mob to storm the Capitol. We now have five deaths from that and the harm to our democracy is really unfathomable,” she added.


Clark's comments come as calls grow for Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office after a mob of his supporters raided the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

However, The New York Times has reported that Pence would not support invoking the 25th Amendment, which would elevate him to president.

Clark on Friday said she recognized the House has limited time to move forward with impeachment, given that Trump's term ends on Jan. 20. However, she said the lower chamber can use procedural tools to fast-track articles of impeachment to the floor for a vote.

Dozens of Democrats and a handful of GOP officials have expressed support for invoking the 25th Amendment out of fear that Trump could incite more violence in the remaining days of his presidency.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrat says he won't introduce resolution to censure Greene after her apology Democrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol on Jan. 6 MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the House would impeach Trump again if Pence did not invoke the 25th Amendment.

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