Nancy Pelosi says House will proceed with impeaching Donald Trump
Nancy Pelosi has told colleagues that the House will proceed with legislation to impeach president Donald Trump after an unprecedented week in US politics.
The Speaker of the House wrote a letter urging colleagues to invoke their constitutional authority to get rid of the sitting president after his supporters, encouraged by their leader, attacked the Capitol building last Wednesday, attempting to overturn the result of the election.
After the violent mob stormed the Capitol, a senator gives a tour of his destroyed offices. pic.twitter.com/IdgVYG4Az8
— PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) January 8, 2021
Impeachment proceedings could begin as early as today after Republican senator, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, joined Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for Trump to “resign and go away as soon as possible”.
“We will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat,” Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues late on Sunday.
“The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
Trump has been banned from every significant social media platform, and plenty of others, including Pinterest and Letterboxd.
Twitter said that the decision was made "due to the risk of further incitement of violence."
"In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action."
Arnold Schwarzenegger has also condemned last week's violence at the US Capitol, saying Trump "sought a coup by misleading people with lies".
The Austrian former Governor of California added: "They did not just break down the doors of the building of American democracy. They trampled the very principles on which our country was founded."
My message to my fellow Americans and friends around the world following this week's attack on the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/blOy35LWJ5
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 10, 2021