Trump impeachment ‘WILL proceed’ as Pelosi confirms articles will be drawn up in wake of Capitol riots

SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday the House "will proceed" with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in the wake of the Capitol Hill riots.

The House Speaker revealed the news in a letter and slammed the president as a threat to democracy.

She said: "In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both.

"The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action."

According to Pelosi, the House's initial step will be trying to force Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet remove President Trump from power.

Trump could lose his power if the 25th Amendment gets invoked.

She said the action would be made to "declare the President incapable of executing the duties of his office, after which the Vice President would immediately exercise powers as acting President."

The 80-year-old Speaker of the House continued: "If we do not receive Unanimous Consent, this legislation is planned to be brought up on the Floor the following day. 

"We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours. 

"Next, we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor." 

Before thanking her fellow Democratic colleagues for their patriotism, Pelosi said she is looking forward to Monday's Caucus call.

"Your views on the 25th Amendment, 14th Amendment Section 3 and impeachment are valued as we continue," Pelosi added. "I am answering your communications in chronological order and will do so into the night. "

Meanwhile, the outgoing president is considering hiring Rudy Giuliani to defend him following Pelosi's announcement to impeach him.

Pelosi revealed Democrats will move to impeach him again over Wednesday's "insurrection."

The president is reportedly considering both Giuliani, his personal attorney, and Alan Dershowitz, a controversial lawyer who has defended clients like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein.

Democrats have already drafted the single article for Trump's impeachment, and it will be formally introduced on Monday.

Dershowitz told Politico on Friday that it would be his "honor and privilege" to defend Trump should he be impeached a second time.

However, the lawyer later clarified to CNN that he meant it would be an "honor and a privilege to defend the Constitution," not Trump himself.

Dershowitz said he believes Trump encouraging his supporters before Wednesday's Capitol riots is "constitutionally protected" speech.

For impeachment to succeed, two-thirds of senators would have to vote in favor of Trump's removal before the end of his term on January 20.

Democratic members of the House of Representatives will introduce formal articles of impeachment on Monday, Representative Ted Lieu said on Twitter.

The California Democrat, who helped draft the charges, said the articles had drawn 180 co-sponsors as of Saturday afternoon.

The document accuses Trump of violating his Constitutional duty by encouraging a crowd of his supporters to fight the vote to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory and denounces him as a “threat to national security.”

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