Donald Trump’s approval rating is plummeting, with 11 percent fewer voters saying that they approve of the job he’s doing as president, following the acts of insurrection he incited that sent our elected officials into hiding for their lives and ended with five people dead. Yet still, Republicans continue to be held in his sway, terrified of challenging him for what met every definition of a treasonous act out of fear of losing voters.
SCOOP –> Schumer is exploring whether to invoke an obscure power — allowing Senate leaders to reconvene the Senate in times of emergency — to hold an impeachment trial immediately after the House impeaches Trump https://t.co/JrlSRTBezy
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 11, 2021
With the House announcing that articles of impeachment are being drafted to present on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (R-NY) is calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to reconvene the Senate prior to their next scheduled date to be on the floor, Jan. 19, one day before Joe Biden is inaugurated. Using an obscure granting of powers after September 11, 2001, Schumer is considering using his power to call in senators for a special session to vote immediately on the impeachment of the president.
According to Bloomberg:
‘Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is exploring whether the chamber can be called into an emergency session for a trial of President Donald Trump on an article of impeachment the House is set to approve this week, two senior aides said.
‘The Senate is currently in recess, and bringing senators back before Jan. 19 would require support from Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who remains majority leader at least until inauguration day. McConnell hasn’t said whether he would back impeaching the president or expediting a trial.’
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is exploring whether the chamber can be called into an emergency session for a Trump impeachment trial https://t.co/a3RsuESo78
— Bloomberg (@business) January 11, 2021
Few paths remain for removing Trump from office after his treasonous act. The first is that Trump could resign, which he might consider in exchange for the promise of a pardon, but otherwise he’s not going anywhere that way. Second, the Vice President could invoke the 25th Amendment to declare Trump unfit for office, which he has so far refused to do. The third is to impeach him to ensure that he can, at the very least, never run for public office again. It’s the only move, at this point, to send a message for future presidents that armed insurrection against elected officials will not be tolerated.
‘The House is poised to charge Trump with inciting the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6th unless he resigns or is forced out of office by his cabinet. The article of impeachment the House will take up Wednesday seeks to both remove him from the presidency and prevent him from ever holding office again.’
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, once a staunch ally of the president, said today: "If inciting to insurrection isn't [an impeachable offense], then I don't really know what is."https://t.co/05kIZfQwXY
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) January 10, 2021
Unfortunately, even under that rule, McConnell and Schumer would have to both agree to reconvene, and reports say that McConnell is more inclined to leave it up to other senators. However, this would get a few political leaders on record as refusing to act to keep the country safe.
‘McConnell’s office had sent senators a memo saying it would take the backing of all 100 senators to return before Jan. 19 to consider impeachment. That memo said that if a single senator opposed expediting the trial, it not convene until an hour after Joe Biden is sworn in as president the following day.’
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that the House would move to impeach President Trump over his role in inciting the violent mob attack on the Capitol if he didn't resign "immediately," appealing to Republicans to join the push to force him from office. https://t.co/pP4o2786Yq pic.twitter.com/MaRobWf2tB
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 8, 2021