REPRESENTATIVE Ilhan Omar has said she's drafting articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump.
Omar announced the news on Wednesday, just as the National Guard and the FBI were deployed in Washington, DC – after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.
Omar, a Democrat rep from Minnesota, tweeted: "Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate."
"We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath."
If Trump were to be removed from office, Vice President Mike Pence would take his place, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi behind him, according to the presidential order of succession.
Trump, whose one-term presidency ends on January 20, has already been impeached: by the House in December 2019.
He came only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Trump was later acquitted by the Senate; no president has ever been removed by the Senate.
Earlier in the day on Wednesday, senators met to certify Joe Biden's 2020 election.
Although the action was a formality, some Republicans voted against affirming Biden's election, claiming allegations of voter fraud.
As the certification was unfolding in the Capitol, Trump fans stormed the building – prompting evacuations and lockdowns among lawmakers and staff members.
Over the weekend, Democrats and NeverTrump Republicans started calls to again impeach Trump after his contentious phone call challenging the election results in Georgia was leaked.
The calls for a second impeachment come just two weeks before Trump’s term is set to expire, after the president lost his re-election bid to Joe Biden.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor, ripped the phone call recording as “a bald-faced, bold abuse of power by the president of the United States."
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin slammed Trump's call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican.
Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, said Trump’s calls to “find more votes” merits “nothing less than a criminal investigation.”
Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who on Sunday voted to re-elect Pelosi as House speaker, called Trump's actions an "impeachable offense" despite admitting to not having listened to the entire call.
"I absolutely think it's an impeachable offense and if it was up to me, there would be articles on the floor quite quickly but he, I mean he is trying to – he is attacking our very election. He's attacking our very election," Ocasio-Cortez said.
Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, said he plans to introduce a resolution on Monday to formally "censure" Trump over the call."
"[email protected]'s call to the Ga. SOS was far from "perfect." In fact, it is a violation of state and federal law. Tomorrow, I will introduce a resolution of Censure. Trump should resign NOW!" Johnson tweeted.
The Lincoln Project, the group of NeverTrump conservatives who have long delighted in trolling the president, hinted at alleged criminality in a tweet.
“JUST RELEASED the full 60-minute audio of the #TrumpTapes or as Abe likes to call it, Exhibit A of Individual 1 in his own words,” the group wrote.
Keith Edwards, who previously worked for the Lincoln Project, branded the damaging phone call as “blackmail.”
On Wednesday, Trump did not immediately denounce his supporters as they ravaged the Capitol building.
Later on in the day, after someone was shot in the neck, Trump told them while the election "was stolen from them," he urged them to "go home in peace."
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