COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - House Democrats have released a draft of Articles of Impeachment accusing President Donald Trump of abuse of power and they are making plans to fast track the process if the president doesn’t resign after Wednesday’s chaos on Capitol Hill.
House Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said he supports the efforts to remove the President from office
“This is bad stuff, and it’s time for everybody to call it what it is. It is time for the Republican leadership to invoke the 25th Amendment. They need to do it. Pence needs to do it. But if he doesn’t, we need to impeach,” Clyburn said on a call with reporters Friday.
But Clyburn’s colleague in the Senate, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), thinks impeaching the president again would be “dangerous.”
Graham tweeted, “Any attempt to impeach President Trump would not only be unsuccessful in the Senate but would be a dangerous precedent for the future of the presidency. It will take both parties to heal the nation.”
The tweet came after Graham applauded the president for his statement Thursday night where Trump called for “healing and reconciliation” after the madness on Capitol Hill. However, Graham broke with the president after the attacks and said the President’s words help contribute to the riots.
“The president needs to understand that his actions were the problem, not the solution, that the rally yesterday was unseemly, got out of hand,” Graham said Wednesday.
Graham was harassed and heckled by supporters of President Trump at the airport on Friday. Some yelled he was a “traitor” for not opposing the counting of the Electoral College votes.
University of South Carolina political science professor Todd Shaw said he isn’t surprised South Carolina lawmakers are playing such a large role in the discussion surrounding removing President Trump from office.
“Once again, South Carolina finds itself at the center of national politics. This is part of our history as a state.” Shaw said.
Shaw explained impeaching a president twice would be unprecedented.
“The few times we have had impeachments of a president have either resulted in the president either being a weakened president in the case of President Johnson or President Clinton, which actually kind of strengthened his hand,” Shaw said. “So, this is unique. We’ve never had this, particularly for a one-term President. Never in U.S. history.”
Clyburn said the unprecedented nature of the move is part of why he wants to do it in the less than 12 days Trump has left in his term.
“This president says he wants to be remembered for things that have never been done before. He will be remembered, and he should be remembered for being the first president in the history of this country to be impeached twice,” he said.