An impeachment article aimed at removing Donald Trump from office will be presented on Monday, Democratic MP Ted Lieu confirmed on Saturday.
Lawmakers are preparing to remove the president for “inciting insurgency on Capitol Hill,” according to the impeachment article.
There are now 180 co-sponsors of the resolution, representative Lieu tweeted. If passed by the Democratic-controlled House, which is almost certain, Mr. Trump will be the first president to be impeached twice.
He only has 11 days left in office.
Since Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters, calls have increased for the president’s impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
Failing that, President Pelosi has said the House will move forward with articles of impeachment. She noted that plans were already being drafted by Democratic lawmakers as they took shelter from rioters in safe rooms or barricaded in offices.
Congressman Lieu said he had been in talks with some Republicans to co-sponsor the impeachment resolution.
“There will be Republicans who vote for this,” he told CNN.
President-elect Joe Biden has remained relatively silent on the subject of impeachment, saying he was focusing on how best to implement his agenda when he takes office on January 20.
“What Congress decides to do is for them to decide,” Biden said.
« [Donald Trump] is not fit to serve. He’s one of the most incompetent presidents, ”the president-elect said when pressed. “What happens with … 13 days left?” I think what 81 million people stood up and said, “It’s time for him to go” … The fastest way for that to happen is if we take the oath on the 20th.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “As President Trump has said, this is the time for healing and unity as a nation. A politically motivated indictment against a president 12 days from the end of his term will only serve to further divide our great country.