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Dems' momentum builds to impeach Trump, Pelosi hits rioters

Posted at 11:31 PM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-09 23:31:43-05

WASHINGTON -- Momentum among Democrats is continuing to build for a fresh and fast push to impeach President Donald Trump.

And now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is accusing his backers who violently invaded the Capitol this week of choosing “their whiteness over democracy.”

Pelosi spoke as Rhode Island Democratic Rep. David Cicilline says an impeachment article he and colleagues have drafted accusing Trump of inciting insurrection has has collected 176 co-sponsors.

The lawmakers plan to formally introduced the proposal Monday, and a vote is possible by Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania says Trump committed “impeachable offenses." But Toomey stopped short of saying he would vote to remove Trump from office.

Additionally, Pelosi used an online video meeting with her hometown San Francisco constituents to criticize the overwhelmingly white mob that attacked Congress on Wednesday as it met to formally finalize Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

“It has been an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi has set the House on course to potentially voting on a new impeachment of Trump as early as this coming week, a move that has overwhelming support from Democrats. She shed no new light Saturday on whether she’s made a final decision on that or other details.

Pelosi says, “The complicity, not only the complicity, the instigation of the president of United States, must and will be addressed.”