Why isn't Nancy Pelosi running for the Senate?
The chairman of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has called for criminal consequences for the elected US President Donald Trump because of the unrest at the Capitol. "Unfortunately, the executive is a troubled, confused, dangerous President of the United States," said the top Democrat in a pre-released excerpt from a CBS interview slated to air on Sunday. "And there are only a few days before we can be protected from him. But he did something so serious that he should be prosecuted."
Pelosi demands the immediate resignation of Trump and threatens another impeachment procedure. The Republican's term ends with the swearing-in of Democrat Joe Biden on Jan. 20. But Pelosi and other Democrats argue that every day Trump stays in the White House is a danger.
Democratic MPs have prepared a draft resolution to impeach Trump on charges of "inciting riot". However, the process would be decided in the US Senate. It is virtually impossible that it could be completed there before Biden's swearing-in.
For that to happen, the two new Democratic Senators, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, elected in Georgia last Tuesday, would have to have taken their seats in the Senate, which will probably only happen after Biden's swearing-in on January 20.
Even if everything is in its new order after January 20, a two-thirds majority is still needed to condemn Trump. Seventeen of the 50 Republican senators would have to side with the Democrats. Trump would then - politically speaking - be removed from office posthumously.
Trump could no longer run after impeachment in 2024
The Democrats in Congress are likely to pursue a different goal with the process: If Trump is found guilty in the Senate even after leaving office, he could be banned from holding public federal offices - this would mean that he would run for the presidential election Denied in 2024.
As president, Trump enjoys immunity from prosecution. This immunity ends with his term of office. US media have reported that after the November 3 election, Trump discussed several times with advisors about pardoning himself. The self-pardon of a president would be a novelty.
It is controversial whether such a step would be legally permissible. The US Constitution does not specifically exclude self-pardon. Trump himself has shown himself convinced in the past that self-pardon would be permissible. During the FBI's investigation into Russia in June 2018, Trump wrote on Twitter: "As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to pardon myself, but why should I do this if I haven't done anything wrong?"
Calls for Trump to step down are getting louder
Lisa Murkowski became the first Republican Senator to call for Trump to resign on Friday. "I want him to resign," Murkowski - an inner-party critic of Trump - told the newspaper Anchorage Daily News from their home state of Alaska. "He's done enough damage."
High-ranking church representatives also supported demands for Trump to resign immediately. "President Donald J. Trump's actions and words have endangered the security of the country and its government institutions by instigating a violent, deadly, seditious mob attack on the US Capitol," said an open letter to the Vice President distributed by the National Council of Churches Mike Pence, members of Congress and members of Trump's cabinet.
Biden does not want to interfere in impeachment proceedings
In the meantime, the future US President Biden announced that he would not intervene in a decision to open impeachment proceedings. The decision lies with Congress, he said in Wilmington, Delaware. His task and that of his future government is to take care of the fight against the coronavirus, Covid-19 vaccinations and economic development as a matter of urgency.
The Democrat also emphasized: "I have long thought that President Trump is unsuitable to hold office." That was the reason why he decided to run against Trump.
Impeachment proceedings in the Senate could make Biden's new government much more difficult. The chamber would largely block the proceedings for weeks pending a judgment. Biden is dependent on the senators confirming his nominated cabinet members and numerous high-ranking government officials in office. He is also dependent on the powerful chamber for important legislative projects, for example in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump is thinking about a new platform after blocking his Twitter account
Trump himself meanwhile raises allegations against Twitter, which banned him from his platform. In a statement by Trump via journalists in the White House, it said: "Twitter agents have colluded with the Democrats and the radical left to remove my account from their platform in order to silence me - and you, the 75 million great Patriots who chose me. " He does not provide any evidence to support his allegation.
Instead, Trump announces that he is negotiating with several other websites and is also considering building his own platform. After blocking his private Twitter account, Trump also shared his statement on the President's official Twitter account (@POTUS, President Of The United States) and on his campaign team's account @TeamTrump. However, Twitter deleted the tweets on @POTUS and blocked @TeamTrump entirely.
Man with horned headdress arrested after the Capitol storm
When supporters of the elected US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, one of the intruders caught the eye: a man with a headdress made of fur and horns, a painted face, a bare torso and a spear with a US flag. Jacob C. from Arizona was arrested on Saturday, the Washington prosecutor said.
Adam J. from Florida had already been picked up by the police on Friday; he is said to have stolen the lectern from the chairman of the House of Representatives in the Capitol. A member of the West Virginia House of Representatives, Derrick E., was also arrested. Prosecutors said the three men were being charged in federal court with illegally entering a specially secured building, as well as violent intrusion and improper behavior on the Capitol grounds. Adam J. also had to answer for allegations of theft of government property.
Prosecutors said Derrick E. posted a video of his intrusion into the Capitol live on his Facebook page. The West Virginia House of Representatives released a notice from the 35-year-old on Saturday in which he announced his resignation: "I take full responsibility for my actions and deeply regret any injury, pain and embarrassment I have given to my family and friends , my constituents and my fellow citizens of West Virginia. "
Jacob C. (33) had bragged about the attack on parliament on NBC News. "The fact that a bunch of our traitors barricaded themselves in office, put on gas masks and withdrew to the underground bunker, I consider a victory," he said. The documents published by the prosecutor show that C. himself called the FBI in Washington on Thursday and confirmed that he was the man with the horned headdress.
The Justice Department had already reported the arrest of Richard B. from Arkansas on Friday. He is said to be the man who proudly had himself photographed in Pelosi's armchair with one foot on the desk. In connection with the Capitol storm, allegations are pending in federal court against at least 14 other suspects.
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