UPDATED 3:30 PM PT – Monday, January 11, 2021
Democrats are sailing ahead with a fresh attempt to impeach President Trump, but that effort is already hitting turbulence. Monday, the House formally introduced impeachment articles, teeing up a possible floor vote on the measure as early as Wednesday.
Just beforehand, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) tried to introduce a resolution to invoke the 25th Amendment by unanimous consent.
“I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from further consideration of H.Res.21 and ask for its immediate consideration in the House,” Hoyer stated.
Republicans blocked that motion.
House republicans object to democrats' request to bring up 25th Amendment resolution against President Trump, blocking immediate consideration.
— Stephanie Myers (@_StephanieMyers) January 11, 2021
However, the House Rules Committee will reconvene Tuesday to possibly approve a rule that would allow further debate on the 25th Amendment bill.
Defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, who represented the President during the first impeachment effort, warned the new effort won’t make it to the Senate. On Sunday, Dershowitz said due to Senate rules, the earliest an impeachment trial could come to the floor would be 1 p.m. on January 20, just one hour before the President is set to leave office.
The Senate is also currently in recess and to convene earlier, all senators would have to agree to return early.
Dershowitz added, Congress lacks the authority to try a private citizen, which means it can’t impeach the President retroactively.