This resolution would impeach President Donald Trump for the “incitement of an insurrection.” It contends that Trump incited an insurrection by making false claims about the results of the election and delivered a speech which encouraged lawlessness from a crowd in which members of whom went on to interfere with the certification of the Electoral College by breaching the Capitol and engaging in “violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”
Specifically, the resolution notes that after President Trump spent the months leading up to the Electoral College certification, he “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the Presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud.” On the day of the certification, Trump addressed a crowd in Washington, DC, in which he claimed “we won this election, and we won it by a landslide”, and made statements such as: “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore”. The resolution continues to note that the crowd, having been incited by President Trump, “breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”
The resolution concludes:
“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He therefore betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”
As a simple resolution calling for the impeachment of a federal official, this legislation wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed. Rather, the Senate would conduct an impeachment trial to consider the charge and a vote by two-thirds of the Senate would be required to convict and remove the president from office (if he is convicted before his term expires at noon on January 20, 2021). If the president is convicted, the Senate can then vote to prohibit him from holding future public office on a simple majority vote.