DONALD Trump could face impeachment charges over Wednesday’s riot at the US Capitol as early as today, congresswoman Ihlan Omar has said.
Senior figures from both parties have called for the president to be removed from office over his role in inciting the unrest – a move that would stop him running for a second term in 2024.
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Congresswoman Ihlan Omar has led calls for Donald Trump to be impeached over Wednesday’s riotCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Trump addressed supporters at a rally just hours before the unrest beganCredit: AP:Associated Press
Wednesday saw hundreds of Trump supporters storm the Capitol building in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s win in November’s election.
Since the vote, the president has repeatedly made unfounded claims of voter fraud and brought numerous legal cases to try to contest the result.
Speaking at a rally near the White House just hours before the riot, Trump said: “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol.
“And we’re gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women.
“And we’re probably not going to be cheering, so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong.”
Within hours of the riot that followed, Omar announced on twitter that she was drawing up articles of impeachment against Trump, and the move has since received the support of dozens of other lawmakers.
Writing on twitter last night, Omar wrote: “We will impeach! Most likely tomorrow.”
The comment was a response to a tweet by Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter to President Obama and host of hit podcast Pod Save America.
“At this point, I don’t see how the House doesn’t impeach,” Favreau wrote.
“Take the vote, throw it in [Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s] lap, and let the Senate Republicans decide that they want to protect the guy who sent a violent mob to their Chamber.
“I worry about the next 12 days, but to me the most persuasive reason to impeach now is so he’s unable to run again.”
President Trump’s term in office will end on January 20, when Joe Biden is due to be inaugurated.
Trump has not said whether he plans to run for president again in 2024, although there has been widespread speculation that he will launch another bid.
It comes after federal investigators indicated that Trump would be investigated for his possible role in inciting Wednesday’s unrest.
On Thursday, Michael Sherwin, the acting US Attorney in Washington DC, was asked directly whether the president could face criminal charges.
“We’re looking at all actors here,” he said.
“Anyone that had a role and, if the evidence fits the elements of the crime, they’re going to be charged.”
A total of 68 people were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
Police have released numerous images of many others wanted on federal charges, and have appealed to the public for help identifying them.
Rioters seen in the Rotunda of the Capitol buildingCredit: EPA
Hundreds of Trump support seen gathered outsideCredit: Getty Images – Getty