After supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington, there were calls to force the Republican to leave before his term actually ended on January 20.
According to her own statements, the Democratic MP Ilhan Omar is preparing a motion to impeach President Donald Trump. “We cannot allow him to stay in office,” she wrote on Twitter. “It’s about preserving our republic and we have to keep our oath.” Trump is due to leave the White House on January 20th.
And the president of the US industrial association National Association of Manufacturers calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump to be considered. Trump has “incited violence while trying to stay in power,” explains Jay Timmons. Vice-President Mike Pence should consider applying the 25th Amendment. This regulates the impeachment of the president.
Experts even point to two possibilities: Trump could lose his office before January 20.
Impeachment: impeachment proceedings in Congress
Trump had to face such a process in December 2019, when the Democrats in the House of Representatives formally accused him of abuse of power and obstructing their investigations into the Ukraine affair. However, the Republicans prevented the impeachment with their majority in the Senate in February 2020. In fact, an “impeachment” could be initiated again, as only a simple majority of the 435 votes in the House of Representatives is necessary. In the Senate, two thirds of the deputies would then have to vote for the actual condemnation.
According to constitutional expert Frank Bowman of the University of Missouri, Trump could now be accused of trying to overthrow the government. A more general charge such as lack of loyalty to the constitution or breaking the oath of office is also conceivable. In theory, the whole process could be completed in one day: “You could settle an indictment against him by noon tomorrow and then walk through the Capitol Rotunda to the Senate and arrange for the trial to begin tomorrow afternoon,” says Bowman.
But there is a second way to force a president to leave.
The 25th Amendment to the Constitution
This facility was created in 1967 in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It actually exists for situations in which the president can no longer exercise his office due to illness. The Vice-President and the majority of the Cabinet must formally testify to this. According to Bowman, the regulation is clearly intended for ailments and an application to Trump is unimaginable. Vice President Mike Pence is likely to have reservations about this step anyway.