12 January 2021, Washington
Democrats have initiated an impeachment process against US President Donald Trump for his role in deadly invasion of the Capitol last week, BBC reported.
Democrats say a vote on the article will go ahead in the House on Wednesday unless Vice-President Mike Pence invokes constitutional powers to remove Trump from office. Pence is said to oppose the idea.
“The president represents an imminent threat to our constitution, our country and the American people, and he must be removed from office immediately,” Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Calls for Trump’s resignation, removal from office or impeachment have grown among Democrats and some Republicans in the days following the riots in Congress in which five people died.
He is due to leave office on 20 January, when Democrat Joe Biden will be sworn in as president. Trump has said he will not attend Biden’s swearing-in ceremony.