It will be precisely one week from the day that a pro-Trump mob broke into the Capitol, while Capitol Police desperately tried to hold off the violent crowd. Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the riots. The recent violent clashes in the Capitol which are already told to be the assault on American democracy urge some essential decisions of enforcement agencies and of legislative branch of power as well.
The House will vote Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, nevertheless it remains 7 days before new president-elect Joe Biden will enter the office. Though it is quite unlikely that the mentioned procedure will be completed and Trump will be removed from office, the current president will be remembered for two impeachment tryouts – the consequence of his odd and chaotic way of performing presidential duties, permanent conflicts with Congress and even his team members. As it was said during the recent interview with Speaker Pelosi, published by CBS news, this second impeachment procedure is rather the protection of American democracy from the man, who appeared to be “deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States”.
Indeed, it is rather the instrument to prevent Trump from taking another spontaneous and unreasoned decisions which can be essential not only for Biden’s office, but for the whole nation.
It is worth mentioning that the idea of second impeachment had been started out even before pro-Trump mob broke in Capitol. It was caused by repeated refusals of Trump to recognize his defeat as the result of presidential elections and his unprecedented actions, such as recorded phone call to Georgia Secretary of State – current US president pressured Brad Raffensperger to overturn the 2020 election results. After the riots in Capitol, some Democrats are ready to come up with impeachment procedure immediately by using 25th amendment of the US Constitution. Many US congressmen have already revealed their position towards the Capitol clashes and Trump’s responsibility he should hold.
According to the US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, “the quickest and most effective way—it can be done today—to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment”.
The Democratic congressman and the chairman of House Intelligence committee Adam Schiff stated that “the 25th Amendment should be invoked, but if the Vice President refuses to do his duty, Congress will move with urgency to do ours. Trump incited a violent insurrection, and for that he must be impeached. Every day this man is in office, he is a grave danger to the nation”.
At least 180 House Democrats have signed on to the impeachment effort, but that number is short of the 218 majority in the 435-member House, and no Republicans have voiced their support for it.
It barely can be explained by their loyalty to Trump – it is rather their loyalty to Republican party, while many Republicans do not follow Trump and do not share his policy. Across the Capitol, at least two Republicans — Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have called on Trump to resign and confirmed they would vote for his impeachment in case of refusal to resign.
We still do not know the way this unprecedented and tremendous political crisis in the United States is going to be healed, but we do believe that violent clashes and brutal attacks of mobs on federal buildings must face immediate response of enforcement bodies and people who are behind these offensive actions must face charges with no regard to their posts and political status.