Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said the House could finalize articles of impeachment as soon as Monday, with members of Congress potentially voting on the articles on Tuesday.
“I think they will be drawn up or finished tomorrow,” Clyburn told CNN’s State of the Union. “It may be Tuesday before we really get into the floor. You see, because it’s privileged, it can go directly to the floor. It may not go through the regular — what we call the regular order through maybe the Judiciary Committee. So it may be Tuesday or Wednesday before any action is taken, but I think it will be taken this week.”
More than 150 House Democrats signed onto one article of impeachment on Friday introduced by Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin and Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline for “willfully inciting violence,” culminating in the Wednesday breaching of the Capitol Hill complex that left four dead.
“Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States,” it says. “He also willfully made statements that encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — imminent lawless action at the Capitol. Incited by President Trump, a mob unlawfully breached the Capitol, injured law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress and the Vice President, interfered with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the election results, and engaged in violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”
Clyburn congratulated Raskin for introducing the article and suggested that a second article of impeachment could focus on Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, during which he asked Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” to flip the state’s certified election in favor of Trump.
“I congratulate Jamie Raskin with a job well done with that one article,” Clyburn said. “You read the article, you see that he brought into that article the issue that concerned me. And that is whether or not we would ignore what the president did regarding the vote down in Georgia, that is, the presidential vote in Georgia. We heard him on the phone talking to the secretary of state, in fact, almost ordering him, begging at one time, and ordering at the other time, and threatening him with criminal action to overturn the vote, to fine him 11,700 votes, and he did that in order to be declared the victor. That is impeachable.”
The South Carolina congressman said that even if the House votes on articles this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may wait to send the articles to the Senate until after President-elect Joe Biden has an opportunity to get his Cabinet approved and work on ambitious goals for his first 100 days.
“I would say in this instance it is up to the speaker to do whatever she thinks is the best thing to do,” Clyburn said. “She will make the determination as to when is the best time to get that vote, get the managers appointed, and move that legislation over to the Senate. It just so happens that if it did go over there for 100 days, it could — let’s give President-Elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running. And maybe we will send the articles sometime after that.”