L.A. City Councilmembers introduced a resolution to support the House of Representatives push to impeach President Donald Trump, Tuesday.
Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell introduced the resolution urging congress to impeach the president for “inciting an insurrection,” according to a media release.
“Donald J. Trump must be held fully accountable for seeking to destroy our democracy and encouraging the seditious, racist and violent attacks by domestic terrorists that left death and destruction in its aftermath at our U.S. Capitol last week,” L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez said. “President Trump must pay the price for his leadership role in this stunning attack, whether he has one day or 1,460 days left in office.”
The article of impeachment presented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggests that Trump incited the January 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, saying he, “willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.’’
The House of Representatives met Wednesday morning to debate the impeachment of the president, as U.S. representatives have made their cases for and against the presented article.
“We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” Pelosi said on the House floor, Wednesday. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
House members who opposed the article of impeachment argued that President Trump told the people at his “Save America Rally” to protest peacefully. Rep. Tom McClintock of California said the way the impeachment has been handled “trivializes” its power, while Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona suggested it was done to satisfy a “craving to crush Donald Trump.”
“The craving to crush Donald Trump has never been satisfied—not through investigations, not through false allegations and not even through an impeachment that was wholly without merit,” Rep. Biggs said on the House floor, Wednesday. “… your craving was never a Biden victory, nor was it even a Trump defeat. You believe that your hunger will be finally satiated by impeaching this president without completion of his full term of office. You don’t merely seek victory, but you seek obliteration of your nemesis.”
President Trump was impeached in 2019 for “Abuse of power and obstruction of congress,” but was acquitted by the Senate. If impeached again, he would be the first president to be impeached twice.