A few days after the end of the Trump administration, Deputy Pence holds the office of the President

What is emerging in these hours is that the president has stopped carrying out his duties as Commander-in-Chief. And the delegation (never formalized) of all powers has been given to his deputy, Mike Pence. That January 20 will participate in the Biden-Harris settlement (again without the explicit request of the tycoon) while Donald and Melania will leave the White House for the last time aboard Air Force One to go to Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump will not be in Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Communicated by the president himself via Twitter before his page was blocked, the decision did not arouse particular dismay. The handover of power to his successor never took place, as Trump never admitted defeat in the November elections. Indeed, until a few days ago he always declared that he had been robbed of the result. This, however, is a well-known story. What is emerging in these hours is that Trump has stopped performing his Commander-in-Chief duties. And the delegation (never formalized) of all powers has been given to his deputy, Mike Pence.

Pence’s congratulations to Harris and the break with Trump

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Among the first tasks carried out by the Republican from Indiana – who immediately went to work – one stands out, which clashes with Trump’s behavior: Pence called Kamala Harris to congratulate and assure her of assistance before taking office and especially in view of her new role as Madam Vice President. This gesture has done nothing but reinforce an already significant break between the two Republicans: Mike Pence has long no longer supported the Tycoon thesis concerning the “theft” of the November elections. He also announced that he will participate in the Biden-Harris executive inauguration. And, as if that weren’t enough, it was Pence himself who deployed the National Guard for the city of Washington on January 6, the day of the assault on Congress: a gesture that drew a watershed between the two.

Donald and Melania leave the White House before Biden arrives

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Donald Trump will leave the White House on January 20 morning, before the Bidens arrive. Therefore, the traditions that take place on the day of the presentation to America of a new head of state will not be respected, such as the ritual photo that portrays the outgoing President together with the new one before the ceremony on Capitol Hill. Donald and Melania will leave before the settlement and will go to the Mar-a-Lago resort. And they probably won’t even watch the events in Washington DC on television Mike Pence will certainly do so, on Wednesday trying to take on the still very uncomfortable role of the Commander-In-Chief with whom he worked for four years. Hoping to leave a different memory in Biden and Harris’ hearts.


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Donald Trump calls on his supporters for calm

FBI warns of the risk of violent action as Joe Biden’s nomination draws near.

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Congress and Trump accuse each other of inciting violence. At the instigation of its Democratic president, Nancy Pelosi, whose office was taken over by rioters last Wednesday, the House of Representatives began a new impeachment procedure against the president, a week before the end of his mandate. Accused of inciting an insurgency for his speech calling for a march on Capitol Hill, Trump refused any responsibility, retorting that the impeachment proceedings launched against him risked, on the other hand, sparking further violence.

“This dismissal creates immense anger”Trump said before flying to Texas on Tuesday, where he was to visit the border wall site, one of his campaign themes. “This indictment is truly the continuation of the greatest witch hunt in political history. It is absolutely ridiculous. And it’s a really terrible thing they’re doing, Nancy

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Donald Trump’s final days in office: impeachment proceedings started

In the US House of Representatives, according to one MP, the Democrats have passed a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, awaits a response from Vice President Pence Foto: J. Scott Applewhite/ap

WASHINGTON afp / dpa | The US Democrats have passed a resolution in the House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump. The impeachment text, in which Trump is accused of “inciting a riot” because of the storm on the Capitol, was presented on Monday in the Congress Chamber, as the Democratic MP Ted Lieu announced. The Democrats also called on Vice President Mike Pence to remove Trump.

But the Republicans have blocked for the time being an ultimatum aimed at by the Democrats for US Vice President Mike Pence to remove incumbent President Donald Trump. The attempt by Democratic MP Steny Hoyer to pass a resolution unanimously failed on Monday due to opposition from Republican MP Alex Mooney.

The resolution was intended to call on Pence to take immediate steps to remove the incumbent president on the basis of an amendment to the US constitution following the storming of the US Capitol by supporters of Trump. The resolution stipulates that Pence respond to the request within 24 hours.

The House of Representatives will meet again on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. local time (3:00 p.m. CET). It is expected that it will then deal with the resolution again and decide on it. Since the Democrats have a majority in the chamber, the resolution should then be passed.

The spokeswoman for the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, had already urged Pence in the past few days to take steps to remove Trump. The basis is Amendment 25 of the US Constitution.

According to this, the vice-president can declare the president incapable of “exercising the rights and duties of office” with a majority of important cabinet members. But Pence has not yet responded to the demands.


Trump’s party is facing a test of conscience

Washington The US Republicans’ loyalty to Donald Trump is being severely tested these days. Part of the party now blames the outgoing president directly for storming the Capitol.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted in the US Congress on whether to face Trump a second time with impeachment proceedings. Since the late afternoon (US time) it has been certain: The impeachment has been decided. The Democrats got the required majority with 222 votes, 10 Republicans joined.

That’s only a fraction of the 211 Republican MPs. Still, it is noteworthy that there were voices in the Republican camp that supported impeachment. “This is the most bipartisan vote on impeachment in US history,” commented CNN.

Now the indictment can be turned over to the US Senate, which will conduct the process and determine Trump’s guilt. It is unclear when the Senate will open the proceedings – the head of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate itself will decide when.

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At the first impeachment a year ago, the Republican majority in the Senate had exonerated Trump from all charges in the Ukraine affair. This time Trump is to answer for the charge of “inciting insurrection”, one week after the uprising of his supporters on Capitol Hill. The President had called for resistance at a rally in front of the White House, within sight of Congress.

Liz Cheney

The Republican MP calls for Donald Trump’s impeachment.

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A handful of MPs had broken with Trump in the past few days. The most powerful Conservative woman in the Chamber, Liz Cheney, is a prominent example of the ousting movement of some Republicans. “The President of the United States called this mob, gathered the mob and lit the flame of this attack,” she said. “There has never been a major betrayal by a president of his office and his oath on the constitution.” Cheney voted for impeachment on Wednesday, along with nine other Republican MPs.

Even the Republican head of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, should no longer stand by Trump. According to the “New York Times”, McConnell, who accompanied Trump through all crises for four years, is “satisfied” with the impeachment. The impeachment process makes it easier for the party to free itself from Trump’s influence.

According to the TV broadcaster CNN, the rift had already emerged before the elections when Trump boycotted the negotiations on the Covid aid package with Congress. Despite the vaccination start, the corona numbers continue to climb unchecked. 23 million people in the United States have been reported infected so far, and nearly 400,000 people have died in connection with the virus.

It is not very realistic that Trump will be removed from office before Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, the schedule is too tight for that. From a purely legal point of view, however, it is possible to find Trump guilty even after he has left the White House – and forbid him from future political offices.

For a conviction, however, the Democrats would need the support of 17 Republican senators, which is a high hurdle. But the mere fact that McConnell does not aggressively reject impeachment in the Senate is a sign that Trump’s support is waning.

Does the break come too late?

Trump also shows no insight a week after the riots in which six people died. The impeachment will provoke “immense anger”, he threatened on Tuesday. He has Vice President Mike Pence to thank for the fact that he has not been removed from office by his cabinet. He rejected such a measure on the basis of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

The passage regulates the case that a president is declared incapable of governing. “Actually, the passage refers to physical disability,” says politics professor Lara Brown from George Washington University. Removing a president from office against his will is “almost impossible”.

The Vice President himself was the target of the riots last week. Parts of the Trump mob threatened on the net to “deliver Pence to the gallows” because he wanted to certify the election victory of Joe Biden in Congress. Nevertheless, it seemed easier for Pence in the end not to publicly denounce Trump – perhaps also because he is said to have ambitions for a future leadership role with the Republicans.

Because even if a number of Republicans distance themselves, the party does not seem to want to alienate the Trump base in the country completely. Almost 75 million US citizens voted for Trump, more than in 2008 for Barack Obama.

The enthusiasm among segments of the population was a major reason Republicans embraced Trumpism. So they accepted that Trump was celebrated as a nationalist, drove up debts, torpedoed international alliances and buried free trade. They also defended him because he filled judges’ posts with conservative lawyers, kept taxes low and tightened immigration policy.

Successors get into position

Some Senators, including Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, appear to want to carry on Trump’s legacy in the Senate. They appealed to Biden’s election victory until the very end. There are also loyal Trump supporters in the House of Representatives, including MPs Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan.

Mitch McConnell

The outgoing Republican Senate majority leader has broken with Donald Trump.

(Photo: AP)

So far, there has been no concerted call by Congress Republicans to resign, the Democrats have taken over. The Republican boss in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, clearly rejected an impeachment on Wednesday. “The country must now grow together, the opposite is being promoted here,” he said.

The extent to which the party is divided can be seen in the struggle for a successor, which will be important for the presidential election campaign in 2024 at the latest. A group of conservative women are getting into position: In addition to the Trump critic Liz Cheney, there is the governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, a loyal supporter of Trump. Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley is also considered to be interested.

In addition to Pence, Mike Pompeo could want to play a bigger role, the foreign minister has demonstratively held back with statements in recent days.

In Trump’s family circle, his eldest son Don Junior and his daughter Ivanka are said to have ambitions. Unlike her father, Ivanka Trump wants to attend Biden’s inauguration ceremony – a sign that she wants to stay in the public eye.

The party will have to position itself in the coming weeks and months, regardless of impeachment. Under Trump, the Republicans not only lost the White House, but also both chambers of Congress.

If they want to go into the next elections stronger, radical opposition alone might not be enough. The Republicans need a few achievements to point to, such as fighting pandemics or an infrastructure package.

McConnell, who soon has to hand over the leadership of the Senate to the Democrat Chuck Schumer, already seems to be looking for ways to work together. According to CNN, Biden and McConnell, who have known each other from decades of work in the Senate, are on the phone this week. With Trump, however, there should be radio silence.

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Donald Trump warns of “enormous anger” in the USA

Washington, Berlin, Düsseldorf Never before have parliamentarians in the USA initiated two impeachment proceedings against a president. There has never been a procedure like this just a few days before the end of a presidential term. And never before have the accusations against a president been so grave and touched the foundations of the democratic constitution so strongly as in this case. So there are several reasons to call this impeachment process historical.

In the case of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Donald Trump is accused of an “uprising against the USA”. Indeed, the storming of the Capitol should go down as a defining event in American history. January 6th is something like a legacy of the Trump presidency, which put America – and to some extent the rest of the world – into a permanent state of emergency.

On Tuesday, the incumbent president made his first public statement on the allegations that he had triggered the storm on Congress by speaking to his supporters. His choice of words was “completely appropriate,” said Trump. He condemned the impeachment proceedings as a continuation of the “witch hunt” on him. This creates “enormous anger” in the country. However, he “never wants violence”.

Despite all the assurances of the President: The elimination of the political damage of January 6th, the coming to terms with this impeachment will drag on well into Joe Biden’s term of office. The 78-year-old Democrat will be sworn in on the stairs in front of the Capitol on January 20, exactly at the point where Trump supporters wanted to prevent his inauguration a week ago. More symbolic power is not possible.

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In the following we answer the most important questions of this impeachment procedure.

What are the Democrats accusing the President of?

In their indictment, the Democrats accuse Trump of instigating an “insurrection or rebellion” against US government institutions. They link their move with the demand to ban Trump from all political offices in the future. What is interesting is that the prosecution is not just concerned with the Capitol Hill uprising that Trump urged his supporters to take.

The Democratic bill lists Trump’s campaign against democracy, including his weeks-long fight against the November 3 election result and his threatening phone call with the Georgia state government.


The two-thirds majority necessary for a condemnation of Trump in the context of impeachment appears unrealistic.

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How does the procedure work?

First there is a House of Representatives indictment. Since the Democrats with their 222 seats have a majority there, they are not dependent on the Republicans to remove the president. Because a simple majority is enough. In order to push Trump out of the White House, however, the Democrats need the support of the Republicans in the subsequent Senate negotiation. A two-thirds majority is required to convict the president.

How realistic is a condemnation of Trump?

The Democrats had already indicted the President in December 2019 in the context of the Ukraine crisis of abuse of power and obstructing the investigations of Congress. The Republican-dominated Senate acquitted him three months later.

Even in the upcoming trial, it is unlikely that the Democrats will get the two-thirds majority necessary to convict the president. Even if the Democrats have a slim majority in the Senate after the Georgia runoff elections and even if a handful of Republicans should turn against Trump, that is still not enough for 67 of the 100 votes in the Senate.

A judgment before the transfer of power is also almost impossible. The previous Republican majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, plans to begin the deliberations on January 19 at the earliest, one day before Biden’s swearing-in on Thursday.

Trump supporters in Congress

The storming of the Capitol sparks the Democrats’ drive to remove President Trump from office.

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Can the process be accelerated?

There are various speculations in Washington about how the impeachment process could be accelerated in order to possibly persecute Trump after his term in office is over. In this way, the House of Representatives could work out the lawsuit directly without involving the Justice Committee.

But even if there were a quick vote on an impeachment in the first chamber, the Democrats would have to wait for the Senate to be replaced. This will only take place after Biden’s inauguration. Since the two Democratic candidates won the by-election in Georgia, the Democrats have a slim majority in the Senate because of the casting vote of the future Vice President Kamala Harris.

This means that the majority democratic Senate could then determine the length and rules of the procedure. This means that the Senate can vote to take legal action against Trump, even though he is no longer in office.

However, none of this changes the fact that a two-thirds majority is unrealistic for a conviction in the context of impeachment. Because the future 50 Democratic Senators are still missing 17 Republicans.

What are the Democrats doing with the process?

Impeachment is not the Democrats’ primary goal. It has more of a symbolic meaning, which should be a warning to future presidents and not let Trump get away with it. So the first thing for the Democrats is to set an example with the process. The grotesque images of the “desecration” (original quote Pelosi) of the most important US institution have led to a global loss of reputation for American democracy. That should not go unpunished – so the argument of the Democrats.

The draft resolution says that Trump should be banned from future government offices. The current president has already said several times that he does not want to withdraw from politics after his term in office. Trump even hinted at a new candidacy in 2024 in December. The Democrats now want to put a stop to this.

This shows two things: You trust the demagogue Trump to make a political comeback even after the latest escapades. They also believe that the Trump base is so stable and large that it will remain a determining factor in American politics. The Democrats know: 74 million US citizens voted for Trump in the November elections.

Why don’t the Democrats take an easier route under Amendment 25?

At the same time, the Democrats are working on a resolution to put pressure on Vice President Mike Pence: They are giving him and the US cabinet an ultimatum of 24 hours to take action themselves and declare Trump incapacitated. The 25th Amendment to the US Constitution provides for such a procedure when the president is no longer able to carry out his business under his oath of office.

This resolution was voted on late Tuesday evening in the House of Representatives, where the Democrats have a majority. However, Pence announced earlier on Tuesday evening that he did not plan to remove Trump from office prematurely. Such an approach was neither in the interests of the nation nor in accordance with the Constitution and would set a “terrible precedent,” the Republican argued.

Who are the main actors?

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic majority leader in the House of Representatives, initiated the first impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. Even then, she did not make the decision easy for herself, because the Democrats did not want the start of the 2020 election year to be overshadowed by an ongoing debate about Trump.

But the pressure from the Democrats in the Ukraine affair was too great not to at least try. The Republican-dominated Senate with majority leader McConnell exonerated Trump from the allegations.

Nancy Pelosi

The Democratic majority leader in the House of Representatives initiated the first impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

(Photo: AP)

Even now the timing of the impeachment is difficult, because actually one wants to bet on a new start with the designated President Joe Biden, leave Trump behind and reconcile the country again. A political exhibition fight would rekindle the dispute and make cooperation between Biden and the Republicans more difficult. For many of his political projects, the president not only needs 51 democratic votes, but a total of 60 votes in the Senate.

Biden has suggested that the senators divide up their time: half of them should deal with Trump’s impeachment, the rest of the time should be used to advance Biden’s agenda.

It is possible that Pelosi will choose an interim solution: She can bring the impeachment to a vote in the House of Representatives, but will not pass it on to the Senate for a few months. There her fellow party member Chuck Schumer will lead the Democratic majority by January 22nd at the latest.

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Republicans in the US and Donald Trump: The Impeachment Dilemma

The outgoing Vice President Mike Pence
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The House of Representatives is due to vote on the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump on Wednesday. The majority of the Republicans are president – the moderate part of the party is in a bind.

Donald Trump was guilty of “incitement to rebellion” and instigated violence against the government of the United States: This is the accusation with which the Democrats want to initiate impeachment proceedings against him for the second time. The impeachment in the final days of his presidency is said to hold Trump accountable after he first incited and then lauded his supporters as “patriots” when they attacked the Capitol last Wednesday.

Exactly one week after the fatal rioting for five people, the House of Representatives is due to vote this Wednesday on the one impeachment article that sees the criterion of “serious crimes and misdemeanors” met. The Republicans in the chamber blocked an ultimatum to Vice President Mike Pence for the time being, according to which he should disempower Trump together with the cabinet. Deposition under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution is unlikely. Pence has since met with Trump and announced that he had a “good conversation” with the outgoing president. It was agreed that the violence of January 6th should be condemned. The broadcaster CNN quoted employees of the Vice President who had wanted to “lower the temperature”, so to be reasonably good with Trump again.


Republicans block Democrat ultimatum to pence

NAfter the storming of the American Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump, the Democrats in the American House of Representatives passed a resolution to initiate a second impeachment process against the elected president. The Democratic MP Ted Lieu said on Monday on Twitter. Lieu played a leading role in the resolution to remove Trump from office for “inciting riot”. Democrat Jim McGovern previously said a vote could be held on Wednesday.

The Democrats control the House of Representatives and can resolve the charge against the President with their majority. Then the Senate would have to deal with it. A decision there before January 20th is virtually impossible.

A statement from Trump was initially not available. He would be the first American president in history to have two impeachment proceedings opened. He leaves office with the swearing-in of his Democratic successor Joe Biden on January 20th.

In addition to impeachment, the draft resolution also provides that Trump should be banned from future government offices. This would deny him a possible candidacy in 2024. Therefore the impeachment process would be more than a symbolic step for the history books.

The two-thirds majority in the Senate, which is necessary to convict Trump, is not in sight, even if resentment about Trump is also growing among the Republicans. According to insiders, Pence also does not want to declare Trump incapacitated.


Inauguration and Impeachment: Washington Prepares

In a few days, Joe Biden is to be sworn in as future president. After the attack on the Capitol, fears of further violence in the US capital grow. For Trump, an impeachment process is getting closer.

After storming the Capitol, the US authorities tightened security for the impending inauguration of future President Joe Biden. The National Guard plans to gather up to 15,000 soldiers in the capital Washington to support the local security forces. The Ministry of Homeland Security also announced on Monday an expansion of security measures around the swearing-in. The reason for this is fears of further violent protests in the next few days. In the midst of the turbulent situation, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf announced his resignation. Meanwhile, in Congress, the Democrats are doing all they can to impeach the elected President Donald Trump.

Angry Trump supporters stormed the seat of the US Congress last Wednesday, sometimes with brute force. The security forces were unable to cope with the attack by the rioters. After the attack on the Capitol, the National Guard was mobilized. A good 6,000 soldiers are currently deployed. There could be more than twice as many to help secure Biden’s oath in front of the Capitol on January 20. A new security fence was also erected around the parliamentary seat.

Washington is made a security zone for Joe Biden to be sworn in: The FBI has warned of further violence in the capital. (Source: Patrick Semansky / AP / dpa)

Joe Biden: “Don’t be afraid”

Biden himself said he had no security concerns about the ceremony. “I’m not afraid to take the oath outside,” he replied to a journalist question on Monday.

The swearing-in ceremony traditionally takes place on the west terrace of the Capitol. The inauguration of a new president is per se an event with the greatest security requirement. This year, in view of the recent riots, this is particularly true – even if the ceremony takes place in Washington without the usual mass audience due to the corona pandemic.

FBI warns of violent protests

Several US media reported on Monday that the FBI had issued an internal warning to the security forces that there could be armed and violent protests around Biden’s inauguration in capitals of all states. An armed group wanted to travel to Washington on Saturday, according to a report by broadcaster ABC in the FBI note.

The short message service Twitter also warned a few days ago that concrete plans for further armed protests were already being disseminated on its platform and elsewhere. Among other things, there is talk of another attack on the Capitol and parliament buildings in states on January 17th.

Incumbent Trump issued an immediate declaration of emergency for the US capital on Monday with a view to Biden’s swearing-in, which is valid until January 24. This is a formal act so that the capital can request assistance from federal agencies. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser had requested help.

Another US minister resigned

The Department of Homeland Security said on Monday, also at Bowser’s request, that in view of the latest events, the Secret Service would begin an intensified deployment phase on Wednesday. Originally, the large-scale operation, combined with the closure of parts of downtown Washington, should not begin until January 19. At the inauguration, the Secret Service responsible for protecting the President is in charge of the security measures.

In the midst of the tense security situation, the acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, whose department plays the central role in this matter, announced his early departure. Wolf published a declaration of resignation on Twitter on Monday. Last week, Minister of Education Betsy DeVos and Minister of Transport Elaine Chao announced their early departure and justified this with the attack on the Capitol.

One day after the storming of the Congress seat Trump “pleaded” to condemn the “tragic and disgusting” violence emphatically. In that statement, Wolf had emphasized that he wanted to continue until the end of Trump’s term in office. Most recently, in addition to cabinet members, other government employees had been thrown for the attack on the Capitol.

The Democrats hold the outgoing president personally responsible for the outbreak of violence because he had previously incited his supporters with a speech. They are demanding Trump’s immediate dismissal and warning that he is a danger to the country in the last few days of office.

Democrats put pressure on Mike Pence

The Democrats are pursuing a dual strategy. On the one hand, they are trying to convince Vice President Mike Pence with a resolution to oust Trump on the basis of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution before the change of power in Washington. Amendment 25 enables the Vice President to declare the President with a majority of important cabinet members incapable of “exercising the rights and duties of office”.

On Tuesday evening (local time / Wednesday CET) the House of Representatives is to vote on the resolution, in which Pence is called to respond to the request within 24 hours. The Democrats have a majority in the Congress Chamber. A yes to the resolution is therefore likely. However, the initiative does not have much prospect of implementation: Pence met Trump in the White House on Monday evening (local time) and then let it be known that he did not want to apply the constitutional amendment. A senior government official said the president and his deputy had “a good conversation” in the Oval Office. Both wanted to continue “their work for the country” until the end of Trump’s term in office next Wednesday.

The Democrats are therefore pushing ahead with preparations for a parliamentary impeachment process against Trump. On Monday, they formally introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives accusing Trump of “inciting a riot”. According to the planning so far, the chamber is to vote on this charge against Trump on Wednesday – and thus on the opening of impeachment proceedings against him.

Given their majority in the chamber, the Democrats could initiate such an impeachment process on their own. However, a decision was made in the Senate. It is difficult to imagine that the second Congress Chamber could decide before January 20th. The Democrats are also interested in banning Trump from future government offices after being sentenced in impeachment proceedings. This would mean that he would not be allowed to run for president in 2024. Even if resentment about Trump is growing among the Republicans, the two-thirds majority in the Senate that is necessary for a conviction is not in sight.


First meeting after riots: Trump and Pence get together again

First meeting after riots
Trump and Pence get back together

During Trump’s tenure, his deputy Pence always behaved loyally, but after the riots at the Capitol he kept his distance. Now both speak to each other for the first time. Trump makes it clear: an early resignation is out of the question for him.

In view of efforts to prematurely disempower Donald Trump, the elected US President and his deputy Mike Pence have sent a signal of solidarity. Trump and Pence met in the White House and had “a good conversation,” said a senior government official. Both wanted to continue “their work in favor of the country” until the end of Trump’s term in office next Wednesday.

The government official emphasized that Trump has no intention of resigning prematurely as a consequence of the riot last Wednesday at the seat of the US Congress. Pence, on the other hand, has no intention of applying the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows the vice-president and cabinet to remove the president if the head of state is found incapable of office.

The US Democrats have been putting pressure on Pence to implement this amendment since the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. They introduced a corresponding draft resolution to the House of Representatives on Monday. The resolution should set Pence a deadline of 24 hours to comply with the demand for Trump’s removal. If the Vice President does not do this, the Democrats want the House of Representatives to vote on indicting Trump for the riot. According to the constitution, this impeachment leads to impeachment proceedings in the Senate – the other chamber of Congress.

Trump distances himself from rioters

Pence had always been loyal to Trump over the past four years, but had then distanced himself from the president in the past few days. For example, he refused to accept Trump’s demand that his vice-president, in his role as chairman of the Senate, block the formal confirmation of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. This certification by Congress was then carried out on Thursday night after the related session had previously had to be interrupted for several hours due to the riot among Trump supporters. After certification, Pence also announced that he would take part in Biden’s swearing-in ceremony, scheduled for January 20. Trump, however, said he would not attend.

The current meeting between Trump and Pence was the first since the storming of the Capitol. Both had affirmed their view “that those who broke the law and stormed the Capitol last week do not stand for the America First movement.” “America first” was the motto of the four-year Trump presidency. With this announcement, Trump again distanced himself from the rioters.

However, the president had appeared in front of thousands of supporters in Washington shortly before the riots and whipped them up with his completely unsubstantiated claim that there had been massive fraud in the presidential election on November 3rd. He also asked them to march to the Capitol. The anger of the rioters at the Congress headquarters was also directed against Pence – because he refused to block the confirmation of Biden’s election victory.