Assistant House Speaker: Impeachment vote could happen next week

Assistant House Speaker Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Sanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated MORE (D-Mass.) on Friday said a vote to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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 PenceDemocrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' The Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 Merrick Garland is right to prioritize domestic terrorism, but he'll need a bigger boat 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 PelosiMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 After vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the House would impeach Trump again if Pence did not invoke the 25th Amendment.

Wednesday’s deadly riot has already led to the resignation of several administration officials, including Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden on COVID-19: Next year Americans will be 'better off' Buttigieg sets goals for electric, automated freight vehicles Ben Carson launches conservative think tank MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosMotorcade of Libyan interior minister attacked UN report says Erik Prince violated arms embargo against Libya: report Biden faces backlash from left on student loans MORE.