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Democrats initiate Trump’s impeachment, once again

Democrats initiate Trump’s impeachment, once again

Trump’s impeachment: Just days before incumbent US President Donald Trump’s formal exit from White House, Democrats issued two resolutions on Monday to push him out of the office. The first resolution used the 25th Amendment to the US constitution, to urge Vice-President Mike Pence to convene the White House cabinet to initiate exit vote on Trump. The move, which required unanimous approval from the entire cabinet, was blocked by a West Virginia Republican. It led to rescheduling of debate and vote on Trump’s presidency to Tuesday.

If the move didn’t prove to be successful, as many experts already anticipate, then second resolution would be used, which said that on Wednesday the House would start debate on Trump’s impeachment on the basis of inciting insurrection. 

Supporters of the impeachment resolution expressed their confidence with regard to number of votes favoring his impeachment. It is the second time that an impeachment resolution has been raised against Trump. Analysts believe that if majority votes favor Trump’s removal then Senate would initiate a trial to decide whether or not to convict him of the political basis.

US President-elect Joe Biden would officially take over the US Presidency on January 20, after the oath taking ceremony. But Democrats doesn’t seem to be in any mood to take any chances with the Republican President, especially after the US Capitol Hill fiasco and his controversial statements, endangering peaceful transition of power.  

Recent events in US politics give a glimpse of horror in-store for future. In a widely circulated resignation letter on social media, by Chad Wolf, US Homeland Security Chief, he said, “Unfortunately, this action is warranted by the recent events, including the ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of my authority as acting secretary,” he said, “which serve to divert attention and resources away from the important work of the Department in this critical time of a transition of power”. Wolf submits his resignation a week from Trump’s official exit and all elected officials as a gesture to “strongly condemn” the Capitol riot.

Republicans back Democrats in passing Defense Bill, overruling Trump’s decision

Republicans back Democrats in passing Defense Bill, overruling Trump’s decision

Defense Bill: On Friday, in a rare New Year Session, Senate passed the Defense Bill with 81-13 votes (crossing the minimum bar of attaining two-thirds majority) overruling America’s outgoing President Donald Trump’s decision. This was the first time in Trump’s presidency that his own party members voted against his decision, invalidating his veto power. The bill was passed two days before the new Congress was to be sworn in, as scheduled for Sunday.

Last week, Trump had threatened to veto the Defence Bill, also known as National Defense Authorization Act. The $740bn bill proposed multiple elements ranging from military pay rise, modernisation of equipments, programs, construction projects to geopolitical issues. Trump refused to sign the bill as it limited Trump’s power as the nation head to transfer fund towards his border wall project and his objection to renaming of American military bases, which otherwise were named after figures from the Confederacy. Besides, Trump argued that the bill did not remove Section 230, the law which protected internet companies from being held responsible for the content posted on their websites by them or third parties. 

The President responded on Twitter hours after the first veto override of his presidency, saying, “Our Republican Senate just missed the opportunity to get rid of Section 230, which gives unlimited power to Big Tech companies. Pathetic!!!”

Trump while expressing his opposition with regard to the bill said “I have been clear in my opposition to politically motivated attempts like this to wash away history and to dishonor the immense progress our country has fought for in realizing our founding principles.”

US constitution allows the president to veto a bill passed by Congress, but the lawmakers together can invalidate president’s veto power if they uphold the bill with two-thirds majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Trump’s veto irked his fellow Republicans who take pride in passing the defence bill every year for the past 60 years.

Mitch McConnell, a Senate leader and Kentucky Republican, who brought the bill to the floor said, “We’ve passed this legislation 59 years in a row. And one way or another, we’re going to complete the 60th annual NDAA and pass it into law before this Congress concludes on Sunday.”

“For 60 years in a row, the NDAA has provided necessary support for our troops and national security,” Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “Today’s vote sent a clear message that Congress will not allow President Trump to stand in the way of that support, and I’m relieved the critical bipartisan priorities we fought for will become law,” he added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in her own statement.“The full United States Congress, with these sweeping and overwhelmingly bipartisan votes, has delivered a resounding rebuke to President Trump’s reckless assault on America’s military and national security”.

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