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U.S. House Democrats Submit Draft Impeachment Draft Against Trump

U.S. House Democrats Submit Draft Impeachment Draft Against Trump

A man takes a photo outside the fence near the Capitol on January 11, Washington, D.C. Photo by Liu Jie, reporter of Xinhua News Agency

Washington, January 11 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives officially submitted draft impeachment draft articles against President Trump on the 11th, accusing Trump of “sedition”.

Earlier that day, Democrats, who had a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, pushed for the House to pass a motion to ask Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remove Trump, but Republicans blocked it.

Democrats then submitted a four-page draft impeachment draft article.

Democrats proposed only one impeachment clause against Trump in the draft, accusing Trump of “sedition” and “interfering in the peaceful transition of power”.

Trump’s actions “gravely endanger the security” of the U.S. and U.S. government agencies, causing “clear harm” to the American people, and if left in power, it would “pose a threat to national security, democracy and the constitution” if left in power.

House Speaker Pelosi made it clear on the 10th that if Pence and most members of Trump’s cabinet do not consider removing Trump, the House of Representatives will vote on the draft impeachment draft articles, when Trump will become the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice during his term of office.

According to U.S. media reports, this is the first step for House Democrats to start the impeachment process.

At present, the simple majority required for the passage of impeachment clauses is now, and several Republican congressmen are also considering supporting impeachment.

According to the U.S. Constitution, if the impeachment clause against the president is passed by a simple majority in the House of Representatives, it means that the president is impeached.

The Senate will then hear the impeachment case.

If two-thirds of the senators support the impeachment clause, the president will be convicted and stepped down.

U.S. public opinion generally believes that even if the House impeaches Trump and immediately submits the impeachment clause to the Senate, the Senate is unlikely to hear the impeachment before Biden swears in on January 20.

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