WXMI — On Monday, the Democratic-led House moved towards impeaching President Donald Trump for a second time. They filed an impeachment resolution containing only one article: a single charge of incitement of insurrection.
The development follows a deadly day in D.C. on Wednesday. Five people died as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building, looking for lawmakers and attempting to upend the certification of the Electoral College.
“This behavior we simply cannot abide by,” said Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, a Democrat from Pennsylvania.
“What this president is unconscionable and he needs to be held to account,” said Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts.
Earlier Monday, the House had moved to unanimously approve a resolution asking Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and oust Trump from office in the remaining 9 days he has on his term. Republicans objected, and the measure will go to a vote on the full floor Tuesday evening.
Aside from the historic mark of being the only president to be impeached twice, President Trump could also have much at stake in terms of his political future if her were to be convicted by the Senate.
“The Senate can remove from office and that’s it, or the Senate can remove and prohibit from serving again,” said Calvin University political science professor Doug Koopman.
That could dash President Trump’s hopes of running again in 2024.
Only Republican Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan’s 3rd district responded to FOX17’s request for comment, noting he is ‘strongly considering’ impeachment.
“I think fundamentally this impeachment process is one about getting a second impeachment, demarking the president as distinctively different from other presidents,” said Koopman, adding that the possibility of conviction is higher after Wednesday’s events, and Republican’s reaction to them. “Several have moved away from whole-sale Trump supporters,” he said, “several have moved away from even being indifferent and have moved to the opposition: ‘yes, we should vote to impeach.’ When otherwise they would’ve kept silent.”