On the heels of the violent and deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, House Democrats have already drafted articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump alleging that he “incited” the mob that would go on to ransack the Capitol Building.
According to the Daily Wire, President-elect Joe Biden was just petitioned by a group of seven House Republicans to convince House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her colleagues to drop the push for impeachment, citing a lack of “adequate investigation and congressional hearings.”
The group of seven GOP lawmakers, which included Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Chip Roy (R-TX), Kelly Armstong (R-ND), Nancy Mace (R-SC), and Mike Gallagher (R-WI), argued that another impeachment would be very bad for American democracy at this time, given how divided the nation already is.
“This impeachment would undermine your priority of unifying Americans, and would be a further distraction to our nation at a time when millions of our fellow citizens are hurting because of the pandemic and the economic fallout,” the group wrote.
In the spirit of healing and fidelity to our Constitution, I am asking that @JoeBiden formally request that Speaker Pelosi discontinue her efforts to impeach President Trump a second time. pic.twitter.com/BpCouEPxiW
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) January 9, 2021
As the New York Times reported, Pelosi made clear that Trump would face impeachment charges — as early as Monday — if he refused to resign or if Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s Cabinet secretaries removed him by invoking the 25th Amendment.
Bolstering the impending threat of impeachment was Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who on Sunday provided a number of tweets updating the number of House lawmakers who are co-sponsoring the push for the impeachment, with the latest number at 200 lawmakers in favor of the action.
“The Article of Impeachment: Incitement to Insurrection, drafted by Rep @davidcicilline, @RepRaskin, me & @HouseJudiciary staff now has *200* cosponsors,” Lieu tweeted.
As of this writing, Biden nor his transition team have issued a response to the group of seven Republicans who are pushing for the cancellation of the impeachment proceedings.