President Donald Trump, who is set to leave office on January 20, has responded to new attempts by Democrats to impeach him for the second time. Unsurprisingly, he is unhappy and believes he did nothing wrong.
Trump, while visiting the U.S.-Mexico border to check on the progress of the wall being built between the two countries, called the impeachment actions “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”
Additionally, he added that he thinks the actions by Congressional Democrats is “causing tremendous anger.”
Many Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are seeking to impeach the President for inciting the violent riots that rocked D.C. last week. An impeachment article was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday, accusing Trump of "incitement of insurrection."
Pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, determined to undermine the certification of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. Trump, in turn, called the rioters “special people” and failed to condemn them for their actions, upsetting many in the nation's capital as well as some of his allies.
Vice President Mike Pence has not invoked the 25th amendment to the Constitution — which states that the VP and a majority of the Cabinet can deem the president “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" — so House Speaker Pelosi is pursuing the impeachment route.
"It's important to impeach & convict this president even if he has [a] few days left in office," Democrat representative Ilhan Omar tweeted. "It will set a precedent. We must make it clear that no president can lead an insurrection against the US government. What we do today will matter for the rest of this nation's history."
What consequences does Trump face if he is impeached? OK! previously reported that, according to the Constitution, he will receive two potential punishments if he’s convicted by the Senate — he will be removed from office and will not be able to run for president again.
Additionally, Trump could lose his perks after leaving the White House. A former president is eligible for different benefits, including travel expenses, health benefits and Secret Service protection, to name a few. Now, some are making the argument that Trump should not be able to have access to these if he is impeached.
If the majority-Democrat House wins the impeachment vote — which could happen as soon as Wednesday, January 13 — Trump would be the only president in American history to be impeached twice.
As of January 11, the article has 218 co-sponsors — 217 are needed for majority rule.