The US House of Representatives votes in favor of activating
The US House of Representatives votes in favor of activating "Article 25" to impeach President

The US House of Representatives voted by a simple majority that slightly exceeded the 218 required and in a first deliberation in favor of a request from Vice President Mike Pence to activate the 25th amendment to impeach President Donald Trump.

This came during the House of Representatives session devoted to voting on the draft resolution to activate Amendment 25 of the Constitution regarding the impeachment of the president, against the backdrop of the events of Black Wednesday in which supporters of President Trump stormed Congress.


A number of Republican lawmakers had declared their support for the measures to impeach him. However, Pence immediately replied in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that it was not his prerogative to implement the resolution that further divides the country.

The vote is considered a preliminary decision to question the president, which will be initiated by the Democrats, which seemed to have the support of some Republicans, which gives it serious impetus, especially with the welcoming of the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell.

During the session, Republican Rep. Tom Cole said that Congress should not ask the Vice President to activate Amendment 25 to the Constitution to remove Trump, and it should be left to him.

On the other hand, Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson told me that the bill asking Pence to activate Amendment 25 of the constitution does not contradict the constitution but rather comes as a natural result of what happened.

In turn, Republican Representative Jim Jordan, who is close to Trump, said that the request is frightening and we do not know where it will lead us.

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And in light of the security reports that warned of an “armed uprising” in the event the president is removed from office, President Trump described the outgoing President Trump’s attempts by his Democratic opponents to prosecute him in parliament with the aim of impeaching him as “extremely ridiculous”, warning that going this way would provoke widespread anger and great danger in United State. 

But he stressed that he does not want any violence, at a time when Washington has turned into a military barracks with the increase in security measures, amid warnings of violence, coinciding with the inauguration of the new president, Joe Biden, next week.

Trump cut off the path of those calling for him to resign, believing that what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is leading the efforts of Democrats in Congress, is doing is unacceptable. Trump, who was speaking upon leaving the White House aboard the presidential helicopter, “Marine One”, on a visit to Texas, said that these measures are “a continuation of the largest manhunt campaign in the history of politics.”

The Democrats had accelerated their move to remove Trump from power, along two tracks that seemed to be in a race against time.

The first is by proposing the unanimous adoption of a draft resolution asking Vice President Mike Pence to dismiss Trump by activating the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. A Republican MP objected to the draft resolution being adopted immediately, which led to the postponement of a vote in the plenary session yesterday.

This endeavor clashed with the meeting between Trump and his deputy, Mike Pence, yesterday at dawn at the White House, which reflects their intention to form a united front in the face of the Democrats who are calling for the President’s immediate departure.

The two men, who held their first meeting since their differences over the violence at the Capitol, had a “good conversation,” as an American official declared on the eve of Trump’s departure to Texas yesterday.

The US official, who declined to be named, said that Trump and Pence: “They pledged to continue their work for the sake of the country until the end of their terms.” In practice, this means that Trump does not intend to resign before the end of his term. And such as a letter from Pence refusing to activate Amendment 25 of the Constitution, which allows the vice president, in agreement with the majority of government members, to remove the president if they believe that he is “incapable of bearing the burdens of his position.”

According to the same official, Trump and Pence “reiterated that those who violated the law and stormed the Capitol last week do not represent the” America First “movement supported by 75 million Americans.

Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, accused the Republicans of “endangering America” ​​by “colluding” with Trump, who she accuses of “inciting a bloody rebellion against America” ​​in light of the violence and the storming of the Capitol building last Wednesday.

It called “the vice president to respond within 24 hours after the adoption” of the text.

According to the second track, Democrat parliamentarians filed the indictment against Trump, as a first step towards launching impeachment measures for the second time after trying to impeach him last year over the “Ukraine Gate issue.” The most important of the accusations is “incitement to violence and endangering the security of the United States of America.”

The House of Representatives is scheduled to debate the indictment and vote on it today.

It is expected that it will be easily adopted in the mainly Democratic assembly, which will officially mean the launch of Trump’s impeachment measures for a second time.

But the fate of this issue, which the Senate will have to decide on, remains unknown, especially since the current House is controlled by Republicans.

The majority in the Senate will not become the Democrats until January 20, and even then they will have to co-opt many of its Republican members to reach the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump.

In parallel with these moves, Washington, DC, became a military barracks, due to fears of new violence during the inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States on the 20th of this month. The FBI warned in an internal document that Trump supporters were planning armed demonstrations in the 50 states during the period leading up to Biden’s swearing-in, according to media outlets.

The FBI statement stated that it had information about a warning issued by an armed group to organize a massive uprising if Congress agreed to activate the 25th amendment.

According to the information published by the “ABC” network, this group is planning to go to Washington on the 16th of this month, and incite the storming of the courts and federal headquarters in the event Trump is removed before the day of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. 

CNN also said that thousands of armed Trump supporters are planning to besiege the Capitol building ahead of Biden’s inauguration, according to a member of Congress, who obtained a security briefing about a series of threats to lawmakers.

The American Network quoted Pennsylvania Republican Representative Conner Lamb as saying that about 4 thousand armed “patriots” were talking about the siege of Congress to prevent any Democrats from entering, adding that they had published instructions on when to use weapons. 

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The White House revealed in a statement that Trump agreed to declare a “state of emergency in Washington, DC, and ordered federal assistance to support Washington’s efforts to respond to the emergency conditions resulting from the inauguration of the forty-ninth president from January 11 to 24, 2021.”

The Pentagon announced that it authorized the deployment of 15,000 National Guard personnel during Biden’s inauguration.

The head of the National Guard in the Defense Department, General Daniel Hochkanson, said that in addition to the 6,200 troops currently deployed in Washington, about 10,000 reinforcements will be sent by the end of the week.

Preparations for the ceremony are progressing at a rapid pace, especially with the erection of a security fence around the perimeter of the Capitol building, where Biden will be sworn in to succeed Trump.

In light of the risks of violence, as well as the risks of the spread of the new Coronavirus, which has killed more than 375 thousand people in the United States, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser called on Biden’s supporters to avoid coming to the capital on the day the new president is installed.

“We ask the Americans not to come to Washington for the presidential inauguration … and instead, to participate online,” Bowser said

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