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House Democrats prepare to introduce an article of impeachment against Trump over riots

Happy Monday, OnPolitics friends.

Congress is dealing with the fallout from the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. The House is preparing to impeach President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden’s team continues to prepare for the inauguration. 

It’s Mabinty with the day’s top political news. Let’s get to it. 

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It’s been a busy day for the House 

Two important things happened in Congress today: 

  1. House Republicans blocked a resolution aimed at encouraging the removal of Trump through the 25th Amendment
  2. House Democrats introduced a new impeachment article against the president

The impeachment article charges Trump with inciting an insurrection by falsely claiming the Nov. 3 election was stolen from him and encouraging supporters to storm the Capitol as lawmakers were certifying the results. 

Here’s how it might play out this week: Democrats can bring up on Tuesday the 25th Amendment resolution and the House could consider the impeachment article the following day.

What remains unclear: If the article is passed by the Democrat-controlled House, will they send it to the Senate before Biden’s inauguration? 

  • Here’s what the 25th Amendment says about removing a president
  • Got a question about impeachment? Email us at YouAsked@usatoday.com and we may answer it in our upcoming video series 

What’s going on with the Capitol this week

👉At least 25 people are under investigation on terrorism charges related to Wednesday’s siege at the Capitol, according to a Defense official and a member of Congress.

👉 Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said he requested that the National Guard be placed on standby in the days before the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, but House and Senate security officials turned him down.

👉Sen. Tammy Duckworth called on the Pentagon Monday to investigate whether troops or veterans participated in the Capitol riot and hold them accountable under military law.

What’s going on with the inauguration 

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will join Biden at Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier following Biden’s swearing-in ceremony next week.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will lay the wreath following their swearing-in and a Pass in Review inspection of the troops at the Capitol on Jan. 20, Biden’s inaugural committee announced Monday. The ceremony will be one of Biden’s first official acts as the new commander in chief.

The committee said the theme of Biden’s inauguration will be “America United.”

More news to know:

  • The New York State Bar Association may boot Rudy Giuliani from its membership over his speech ahead of last week’s deadly siege on the Capitol
  • Biden will nominate longtime diplomat William Burns to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • What is the Insurrection Act and how could Trump use it? Here’s what to know

When in doubt, remember: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. —Mabinty 

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