House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has aggressively pushed the efforts to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time even though the commander in chief has more than a week left in the White House.
Pelosi sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to her Democratic colleagues in the House on Saturday, Jan. 9, urging them to prepare to return to Washington this week, according to The Hill.
In the letter, Pelosi said that lawmakers have taken an oath of office to defend democracy. “For that reason, it is absolutely essential that those who perpetrated the assault on our democracy be held accountable. There must be a recognition that this desecration was instigated by the President,” she wrote.
“From what I have heard from Members, and from the deluge that I have received from the public, it is clear that, once again, the Times Have Found Us to save our democracy,” Pelosi added.
Pelosi has called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office over his role in the Capitol protest. She threatened impeachment if Pence declined to do so—a move that Pence reportedly opposes.
The speaker, Democrats, and some Republicans have accused President Trump of inciting a mob of his supporters this week to storm the U.S. Capitol where members of Congress were certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.
House Speaker Pelosi orders impeachment proceedings
On Friday, Pelosi said that she has instructed the Rules Committee to quickly take up a motion to impeach the president as well as a legislation to create a commission that can declare that President Trump is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
The speaker also discussed with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley out of fear that President Trump would start a war or launch a nuclear weapon.
“The situation of this unhinged president could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues.
A group of protesters breached the Capitol Building on Wednesday, stealing laptops and ransacking offices, including one of Pelosi’s laptops. The mayhem reportedly resulted in five deaths, injuries, dozen of arrests, and destruction of federal property.
In a letter to Biden on Saturday, some Republicans, who voted to certify Biden’s Electoral College victory, asked him to persuade Pelosi to back off impeaching President Trump, warning that the impeachment would inflame the president supporters anew and divide the country.