The US House of Representatives has released its resolution to impeach President Donald Trump, charging him with “incitement of insurrection”

(CNN) House Democrats are formally unveiling their resolution to impeach President Donald Trump on Monday, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in last week’s riots at the US Capitol.

The single impeachment article, which will be introduced at 11 a.m. ET when the House gavels in Monday, points to Trump’s repeated false claims that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on January 6 before pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol. It also cited Trump’s call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where the President urged him to “find” enough votes for Trump to win the state.

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“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” the resolution says. “He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

“The impeachment resolution is Democrats’ first step toward holding an impeachment vote this week to make Trump the first president in history to be impeached for a second time.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats on Sunday evening that the House would proceed with bringing an impeachment resolution to the floor this week unless Vice President Mike Pence moves to invoke the 25th Amendment with a majority of the Cabinet to remove Trump from power.

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  1. Several of the president’s allies have broken with Mr. Trump since Wednesday’s riot, with some Republicans calling for him to resign and others saying they would consider supporting impeachment. Mick Mulvaney, a former congressman who served as Mr. Trump’s acting chief of staff until March, said in a Fox News interview Sunday that he would seriously consider supporting impeachment if he were still a member of Congress and said lawmakers would view a second impeachment “very differently.”

    The unprecedented second impeachment has gathered quick support among House Democrats, with 210 signed on to a resolution that accuses Mr. Trump of inciting an insurrection, according to a Democratic aide. A total of 222 lawmakers are in the House Democratic caucus, and it would take 217 votes to pass an impeachment measure, with 433 House seats currently filled.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-democrats-to-begin-efforts-seeking-to-remove-trump-from-office-11610375178

  2. Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund has accused House and Senate security officials of hindering efforts to call in the National Guard during last Wednesday’s riots.

    Sund told the Washington Post newspaper that, days before, he’d asked for the DC National Guard to be on standby.

    But his request was denied by House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving, who allegedly said he wasn’t comfortable with the “optics” of declaring an emergency ahead of protests. Meanwhile, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger suggested that the National Guard should only be informally placed on standby.

    Sund, who stepped down last Friday, said that he made five other calls for assistance on the day of the riots – all of which were denied or delayed.

    Irving and Stenger have both resigned their posts since last week’s protests, and have not publicly commented on the allegations made by Sund.

    The Pentagon has defended its actions. A spokesperson told the Washington Post that it relies on assessments by Capitol Police and federal agencies, and no request for National Guard support had been submitted ahead of time.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-us-canada-55617421

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