President-elect Joe Biden and his closest advisers are resigned to the inevitability of President Trump’s second impeachment.
Last week, Biden transition aides said the incoming president would “leave it” to Vice President Mike Pence and Congress to decide whether to invoke the Constitution’s 25th Amendment or impeachment proceedings against Trump after his supporters stormed the Capitol building.
“I think it’s important we get on with the business [of] getting him out of office. The quickest way that that will happen is us being sworn in on the 20th,” Biden said Friday, referring to his inauguration.
Biden has publicly and privately acknowledged Trump should be held to account but has questioned the politics of another impeachment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer haven’t hesitated, however.
Facing pressure from their party’s rank-and-file lawmakers, many of whom were endangered during last week’s Capitol attack, Pelosi and Schumer have initiated Trump’s second impeachment in as many years.