- A Trump impeachment motion has begun.
- Lawmakers want him held accountable for the recent Capitol Hill incursion.
- Joe Biden says he is focused on the economic and coronavirus agendas.
Joe Biden has refrained from making any decisive statements regarding the current impeachment motion against outgoing US President Donald Trump. Speaking about the situation, Mr. Biden has indicated that he has no interest in taking part in the impeachment plans.
In his view, the fastest way to remove President Trump from office is to take over the presidency on January 20. Speaking to reporters at his Delaware residence, he underscored his commitment to stick to the promised agenda.
“If we were six months out, we should be doing everything to get him out of office, impeaching him again. Trying to invoke the 25th Amendment. Whatever it took to get him out of office. But I am focused now on us taking control as president and vice president on the 20th and getting our agenda moving as quickly as we can.”
According to Mr. Biden, tackling the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring economic growth are also high on his priority list.
A Tough Road Ahead for Trump
Donald Trump’s last days in office as president find him more isolated than previously imagined.
Shunned by former associates and blocked by major social media platforms, he additionally faces a second impeachment attempt.
A growing number of lawmakers are calling for his resignation after a mob supporting the president stormed into Capitol Hill last week to disrupt a democratic process.
That said, the President has yet to take responsibility for inciting the masses. Altercations between his insurrectionist loyalists and the authorities at Capitol Hill led to the shooting death of an unarmed woman, Ashli Babbit.
Federal investigations into the incident are ongoing to determine if any deaths were as a result of incitement stemming from President Donald Trump’s speech, just before the violence, which called for a peaceful protest. If the appraisal finds him guilty, he could face criminal charges.
The Incitement Crime
According to criminal code 18 USC 373, it is a crime to solicit, command, or influence a person to commit a felony. The rule covers crimes that involve threats and physical force.
The president has, in recent weeks, suggested that he might pardon himself, and members of his family.
However, according to some political pundits, such a move would be a grave miscalculation in such a crisis. Many contend that it will trigger an avalanche of civil lawsuits against him.
Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, has warned that hundreds of people might be indicted for the Capitol Hill incursion. Many Trump supports are amazed at the swiftness of federal action in contrast to the raging mobs of BLM and Antifa supporters all throughout the summer of 2000. During those riots, most of the people arrested were released without charge.
Speaking to NPR on Sunday, he said that prosecutors will pursue all leads to find the people responsible for the attack, including government officials.
“We’re looking at everything — in a very limited period of time — we’re looking at everything from destruction of property to theft of property, to unauthorized access to restricted areas, to potential theft of national security information, to potential murder, to potential excessive [police] force investigations.”