The impeachment vote is expected by Wednesday, and as of Sunday night there were 210 Democrats, out of 222 in the caucus, who signed on to one of the impeachment resolutions. The impeachment resolution asserts that Trump would “remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution” if he is not removed. It will charge him with inciting an insurrection. “In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” the resolution says. “He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”
House members have been instructed to return to D.C. by Tuesday, and leaders are working with the Federal Air Marshal Service and Capitol police on a plan to keep members safe as they return to D.C. and move back into the Capitol and their offices after Wednesday’s attack.
In her letter, Pelosi also announced a Caucus call for Monday, during which she expects to discuss “the 25th Amendment, 14th Amendment Section 3 and impeachment.” It’s that middle bit—the 14th Amendment Section 3—that is significant:
“No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
That’s how the Congress expels insurrectionists, which is now the majority of House Republicans and eight Senate Republicans who voted to overturn election results even after Trump’ mob invaded and vandalized the People’s House, intent on hunting down and assassinating congressional leadership. Freshman Democratic Rep. Cori Bush will introduce a resolution to expel those members Monday.
The first order, however is getting rid of Trump, Rep. Jim Clyburn said on Fox News Sunday. “If we are the people’s house, let’s do the people’s work and let’s vote to impeach this president. … The Senate will decide later what to do with that—an impeachment.” What happens after that vote isn’t entirely clear. Clyburn argued on CNN, also on Sunday, that the Senate should wait until after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. “Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader (for the next 10 days or so) Mitch McConnell hasn’t spoken about plans, but his former chief of staff Josh Holmes, who also runs his PACs, tweeted Sunday “The more time, images, and stories removed from Wednesday the worse it gets. If you’re not in a white hot rage over what happened by now you’re not paying attention.” Whether or not that translates into McConnell acting, who knows.
The third branch of government, the courts, have also weighed in—or more aptly declined to do so. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a motion from Trump to fast-track consideration of the multiple lawsuits he has seeking to overturn the election. The court is not going to hear his cases before the inauguration, if ever, making this the 63rd time Trump has lost in court.