President-elect Joe Biden has been asked a couple of times now concerning his position on impeaching President Trump. He deflects every time and has yet to take a strong stance on the issue. It appears he wants to avoid addressing such calls by running out the clock until Inauguration Day. House Democrats are moving ahead with the introduction of impeachment articles on Monday.
The article of impeachment, “Incitement to Insurrection,” was drafted by Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu, David Cicilline, and Jamie Raskin. It should be introduced in the House pro forma session. This comes after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday resulting in the death of a 14-year female Air Force veteran shot by Capitol police and of a police officer bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher by protesters according to the AP.
“With every new day we learn that the violent insurrection was even worse than we thought. Impeaching @POTUS would be just the bare minimum of what needs to occur,” Ted Lieu tweeted. “Donald Trump should be prosecuted for a range of felonies, including inciting an insurrection and felony murder.”
That is tough talk disparaging a sitting president, especially since it is blatantly false.
Biden stated over the weekend that Trump is “not above the law,” emphasizing that “justice serves the people — it doesn’t protect the powerful.” But he did not go so far as condoning impeachment either. He also did not call for Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment.
When asked if he supported articles of impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment, which both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have called for, Biden said it was up to Congress to decide.
“I’m focused on the virus, the vaccine, and economic growth. What Congress decides to do is for them to decide,” Biden said. “We’re going to do our job and the Congress can decide how to proceed with theirs.”
Biden also said: “That’s a decision for the Congress to make. I am focused on my job.”
With every new day we learn that the violent insurrection was even worse than we thought. Impeaching @POTUS would be just the bare minimum of what needs to occur. Donald Trump should be prosecuted for a range of felonies, including inciting an insurrection and felony murder. https://t.co/FJZuJdtfA8
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 10, 2021
But Biden was all in for bashing Trump. He said that he has “been saying for now well over a year that he’s not fit to serve,” calling the president “one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America.”
He went on to say that “it’s important to get on with the business of getting him out of office,” but he said “the quickest way that that will happen is us being sworn in on the 20th. What action happens before or after that is a judgment for the Congress to make.”
Biden added: “If we were six months out, we should be doing everything to get him out of office, impeaching him again. Trying to invoke the 25th Amendment. Whatever it took to get him out of office. But I am focused now on us taking control as president and vice president on the 20th and getting our agenda moving as quickly as we can.”
It is widely said that there is not enough time left in Trump’s term to actually impeach him and you cannot impeach a citizen who is no longer in office. Nevertheless, Pelosi allegedly wants to hold the articles of impeachment until after Biden’s first 100 days and then use them to keep Trump from running for the presidency in 2024.
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