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After Violence At The U.S. Capitol Last Week, House Democrats Introduce Impeachment Resolution




House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) (L) wears a protective mask while speaking to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on January 11, 2021 in Washington, DC.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) (L) wears a protective mask while speaking to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on January 11, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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House Democrats formally introduced a resolution today to impeach President Trump, accusing him of "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week's riots at the US Capitol. 

The four-page impeachment bill draws from Trump’s own false statements about his election defeat to Biden; his pressure on state officials in Georgia to “find” him more votes; and his White House rally ahead of the Capitol siege, in which he encouraged thousands of supporters to “fight like hell” before they stormed the building on Wednesday.

A violent mob of Trump supporters overpowered police, broke through security lines and windows and rampaged through the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to scatter as they were finalizing Biden’s victory over Trump in the Electoral College.

“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” the legislation said.

The bill from Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Ted Lieu of California, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Jerrold Nadler of New York, said Trump threatened “the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power” and “betrayed” trust.

“He will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office,” they wrote.

Today on AirTalk, we’re getting the latest on the impeachment resolution. Also on the show, we’re joined by KPCC reporter Libby Denkmann to hear more about how local lawmakers are reacting to last week’s violence and the House’s move toward a second impeachment of President Trump. Questions? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Anita Kumar, White House correspondent and associate editor for POLITICO; she tweets @anitakumar01

Libby Denkmann, reporter covering politics for KPCC & LAist