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The U.S. House of Representatives has launched an article of impeachment that accuses President Donald Trump of “incitement of insurrection.”
The House launched the article on Monday and will vote as early as Wednesday if Trump fails to heed requires him to resign, report the Washington Post and the New York Times. The House will vote on a separate measure on Tuesday calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to take away Trump under the 25th Amendment.
The impeachment article says that, within the months previous the Jan. 6. riot on the U.S. Capitol, Trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election outcomes had been the product of widespread fraud and shouldn’t be accepted or licensed.
Shortly earlier than the joint session of Congress to certify the outcomes, Trump reiterated the false claims in a speech to a crowd, the article says. “He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the Capitol,” the article says.
The statements included, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
The article additionally cited Trump’s telephone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to “find” sufficient votes to permit Trump to win in Georgia.
“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government,” the article says. “He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government.”
Lawmakers stated the precise language of the article may very well be revised earlier than the House votes, based on the New York Times.