House lawmakers on Tuesday voted 223-205 to approve a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) that urges Vice President Mike Pence to use the process outlined in the 25th Amendment to force Trump to step down. One Republican — Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) — voted in favor of the resolution alongside Democrats.
While the resolution isn't binding — and Pence has already said he won't be invoking the 25th Amendment — the vote captured the House backing in favor of Trump's removal from office. Multiple Republicans including Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY), John Katko (R-NY) and Kinzinger (R-IL) had also announced earlier in the day that they plan to support Trump's impeachment, which will get a vote on Wednesday.
Notably, House Republicans are not planning to whip the impeachment vote, CNN and Politico reported. In other words, while most GOP members of the House are expected to vote against impeaching the president, party leaders won't try to convince the small group of lawmakers planning to defect from doing otherwise.
Calls for Trump's resignation or removal have increased since January 6, when the president urged his followers to march toward the Capitol and express their concerns about the certification of the election results. The 25th Amendment — which enables the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to declare a president "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" and force them to step down — has been viewed as the fastest way to remove Trump, though Pence has already said he won't be taking this route.
The House on Wednesday will weigh one article of impeachment, charging Trump with inciting an insurrection. Given the overwhelming majority of Democrats who are on board, Trump is poised to become the first US president in history to be impeached twice.
House Democrats' next steps on impeachment, briefly explained Tuesday's 25th Amendment resolution is the first of two votes the House will take in its attempt to remove Trump from office.
The House will introduce an article of impeachment Wednesday morning, setting up a vote on it for later in the day. Democrats had 217 cosponsors for the resolution as of Tuesday afternoon, per Rep. David Cicilline, one of the authors.
The House will vote on the single impeachment article, charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in encouraging a mob of his supporters who later stormed the Capitol. Trump spoke to a crowd at a "Save America Rally" prior to the riot, during which he repeatedly said the election was "stolen" and asked them to march to the Capitol "to see whether or not we have great and courageous leaders or whether or not we have leaders that should be ashamed of themselves throughout history, throughout eternity."
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