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Why impeaching Trump could impact Biden's early days in office

With House Democrats prepared to introduce articles of impeachment Monday, the decision could very likely impact Joe Biden's first 100 days in office.

Why impeaching Trump could impact Biden's early days in office

President Donald Trump waves as he departs on the South Lawn of the White House, on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images

As result of the U.S. Capitol riots on Jan 6., House Democrats voted to impeach, President Trump, charging him with "incitement of insurrection." On Wednesday, the House moved forward with their impeachment plans, making Trump the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.

"In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both. As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action," Pelosi said

Given Republicans resistance to go against Trump (I'm just as confused as you), the resolution is highly unlikely to pass by unanimous consent.


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The notion anyone, let alone a mob of angry Trump supporters, could penetrate barricades and law enforcement, and enter legislative chambers is terrifying.

If that's the case, the measure will then be brought to the floor on Tuesday for a full vote. But if Trump makes history as being the first president to get impeached twice, it could negatively impact President-elect Joe Biden's first 100 days in office. This is why House Democrats want to wait until after Biden's first 100 days to move forward with impeachment.

If House Democrats decide to prolong impeachment, it would give Biden time to focus on his agenda in Congress before the start of an impeachment trial. Impeachment is an exhausting process, and Democrats are concerned if the House moves forward with introducing articles of impeachment, it would add more to the overflowing plate of priorities Biden must focus on.

Tasks that would include another coronavirus relief package and include $2,000 stimulus checks.

In addition, if the House did move forward with impeachment, the Senate wouldn't return until January 19. This means the start of an impeachment hearing would likely begin on January 20 - the day of Biden's inauguration. Once articles of impeachment are introduced, the Senate's full attention would be focused on the trial until its completion, making it difficult for Biden to focus on anything else.

Even if Trump were impeached and removed from office, it would only cut his time in office short by a few days. Why would House Democrats even bother impeaching Trump if he's leaving office in a few days? Some House Democrats argue that by impeaching Trump for a second time, it would permanently render him from holding "any office of honor, trust of profit under the United States," according to the U.S. Constitution.

This means Trump wouldn't qualify to run for president in 2024 like many of his supporters are alluding to. Despite being unpopular with the majority of the nation, a recent Gallop poll highlights Trump having an 87 percent approval rating among Republicans. If he were to run again in 2024, Trump would likely become the Republican Party primary.

If that's the case, perhaps impeaching Trump might not be the avenue to go down after all.


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