Republicans block measure calling for quick removal of Trump

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP)

WASHINGTONUPDATE: A House resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke constitutional authority to remove President Donald Trump from office was blocked Monday by Republicans.

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House Democrats on Monday will move to file one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump that charges him with inciting an insurrection after Wednesday’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership team will seek a vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, with a full House vote expected on Tuesday. After that, Pence and the Cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House would move toward impeachment.

A livestream of Monday’s filing will be placed in this article at 10 a.m. Delays are possible; if there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time.

A stunning end to Trump’s final 10 days in office is underway as lawmakers warned of the damage the president could still do before Joe Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20. Trump, holed up at the White House, was increasingly isolated after a mob rioted in the Capitol in support of his false claims of election fraud.

Judges across the country, including some nominated by Trump, repeatedly dismissed cases and Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally, said there was no sign of any widespread fraud. Pelosi emphasized the need for quick action.

“We will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat,” Pelosi said in a letter late Sunday to colleagues.

“The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”

A Capitol police officer died and an officer fatally shot a woman in the mob. Three other people died from medical emergencies during the chaos on Capitol Hill.

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