Washington: US President Donald Trump is on the verge of becoming the first president to be impeached twice, as lawmakers move quickly to punish him over last week's deadly US Capitol attack. The House of Representatives convened at 9 AM (local time) and started the debate on the rules governing Trump's impeachment.
It is to be noted that Donald Trump is, however, likely to finish out the remaining few days in his term, since it takes a Senate conviction to remove a sitting President from office.
The impeachment resolution that the House will vote on today contains a single article titled "incitement of insurrection", tied to the US Capitol Hill riots. Following that, the House will vote on the rule, CNN reported.
Trump's fiery speech at a rally just before the January 6 riot is at the center of the impeachment charge against him, even as the falsehoods he spread for months about election fraud are still being championed by some Republicans.
A Capitol police officer died from injuries suffered in the riot, and police shot and killed a woman during the siege. Three other people died in what authorities said were medical emergencies.
Meanwhile, Trump himself is not considering resigning, a source said on Monday citing that "he won't do that" despite the House of Representatives' impending vote on the impeachment resolution.
According to CNN, a senior White House adviser said that "resignation means admitting failure. So, no" adding that the current thinking is the US Senate does not have enough time to convict Trump. So the President can make it to the end of his term without that kind of humiliation.
Vice President Mike Pence had, on Monday, in a letter to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said that he would reject the call to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump.
The outgoing President has been blocked on all major social networks at least until after he is out of office.
(With inputs from agencies)