MP David Sicillin, a doctor of medicine who is one of the leaders in the impeachment resolution against President Trump after the Capitol uprising in the United States last week, argued on Sunday that Congress was “obliged” to impeach the president.
“What we witnessed on Wednesday was an attack on our democracy, an uprising against the United States government during the sacred ritual of the Electoral College,” Sicillin told America’s News HQ on Sunday.
“We cannot allow this kind of attack on our democracy, an attempted coup without consequences,” he added.
House Democrats, including Cicillin, were preparing a new article on impeachment of Trump on Friday. The deadly Capitol riots two days earlier were a failed attempt to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden̵
Sicillin said Sunday that he plans to present the impeachment article along with about 200 original co-sponsors, adding that he expects “that number to grow.”
He admitted that “there are people who think, ‘Oh, well, the president is leaving in 10 days, let’s just ignore him.’
“We have taken an oath to defend and defend the Constitution and our democracy. This responsibility falls on us. We have no choice,” Sicillin said.
“Resignation would be preferable, a reference to the 25th Amendment would be preferable, but these two things will not happen, so Congress is obliged under our oath to move forward and impeach this president.”
Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York have called for Trump’s removal through the 25th Amendment, arguing that it is too risky to keep Trump in power until Jan. 20, when Biden is due to be elected. open.
But if Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet do not remove Trump, as the amendment would require, Democrats appear to have received widespread support for a second round of impeachment.
The impeachment resolution was expected to be presented to the House on Monday as a privileged resolution, Fox News confirmed. The article on impeachment is about “inciting an uprising” and states that Trump has committed high crimes and crimes by “deliberately inciting violence against the US government.”
The resolution also called on Trump to have a telephone conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Rafensperger on January 2, where he called on the election official to “find” enough votes to overturn Biden’s victory in the state – and appears to be making subtle threats if Rafensperger fails to do so.
Trump’s actions call for his removal and “disqualification” to resume, the impeachment resolution said.
Speaking on Sunday Morning Futures, Jim Jordan, Ohio, stressed that impeachment is for a seated president, and the president, if Democrats seek to do so, cannot have a trial until he leaves office, so I think there is real constitutional problems, but most importantly, it’s not healthy for the nation. ”
Reacting to Jordan’s comments, Cicillin said: “The impeachment of the Chamber will take place before the president leaves office.”
He cited a legal opinion, “which says that the removal of impeachment, ie the process, can happen after leaving.”
Cicillin noted that there is a precedent for this, “so this is not a problem.”
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He stressed that “our responsibility in Parliament is if we see the impeachment of the president’s behavior, we have the responsibility to impeach him and I expect that we will do this this week.”
Appearing on America’s News HQ immediately after Sicillin, a French Hill spokesman, R-Ark., Said the pursuit of “hasty impeachment” would disrupt Biden’s transition.
“Our country is suffering at the moment, miserable after the horrific and scandalous events of last Wednesday and my personal view, despite my absolute thinking that the president’s behavior that day was reprehensible, doesn’t it hurt us enough?” Do you need less speed and more leadership in our country to move to a peaceful transition of power on January 20 at noon? Hill asked.
He went on to say that the impeachment “will not come to court before taking office and you are therefore simply disrupting Joe Biden’s transition”.
Hill stressed that members of Congress “must begin to build trust back on both sides of the aisle.”
He went on to say that “the difficulty of a second impeachment with 10 days in this administration, in my opinion, is not the way to build confidence in the path or to welcome the incoming Biden administration to the goals they have and to their conferences. groups in the Senate. ”
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“All of this will be thrown off track, in my opinion, through the pursuit of hasty impeachment,” Hill continued.
Marisa Schultz of Fox News contributed to this report.