WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say the House will consider the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, one week after an angry mob of his supporters invaded the Capitol.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told Democrats on a call Monday that members should plan to return to Washington on Tuesday evening to consider a House resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke constitutional authority to remove Trump from office. That resolution is expected to pass, but Pence is unlikely to act.
Hoyer says the House will then consider impeachment on Wednesday.
House Democrats have moved quickly to draft an article of impeachment charging Trump with incitement of insurrection because he egged on thousands of his supporters ahead of the riots by falsely telling them that the election was stolen from him.
One of the Democratic sponsors of the article, Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, says they have the votes to pass it.
Former House Speaker John Boehner says President Donald Trump should "consider resigning his post."
The Republican former Ohio congressman began his remarks during a webinar on health care policy Monday by talking about Trump's baseless claims of widespread election fraud and last week's siege of the Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists.
"Here's the president of the United States, in my view, inciting a riot ... and the Capitol being threatened," Boehner said. "It's time for Donald Trump to consider resigning his post. He has violated his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Boehner was speaker from 2011 to 2015, and he has largely steered clear of publicly commenting on Trump. But on Monday he said Trump "has abused the loyalty of the people who voted for him."
Boehner also took aim at Republicans in Congress who echoed Trump's "noise" about election fraud claims, despite courts and and election officials repeatedly saying there was no such evidence presented.
"Shame on them," Boehner said. "Leaders lead."
President-elect Joe Biden says he has spoken to Senate leaders about splitting time between approving his key Cabinet nominations and proceeding with a possible impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.
The House is preparing articles of impeachment against Trump for the second time in a little over a year. This time, it's for helping incite last week's violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
But Trump leaves office Jan. 20 and the Senate likely won't reconvene until next week, raising concerns among congressional Democrats that the impeachment trial could overshadow the start of Biden's presidency and confirmation of his choices for key administration posts.
After receiving his second coronavirus vaccination shot on Monday in Delaware, Biden downplayed such concerns, however, and suggested that the Senate could do both.
The president-elect said he'd spoken to Senate leaders about splitting the chamber's time and "go a half day on dealing with impeachment, a half day on getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate."
Biden said such an arrangement also would allow the Senate to work on another major pandemic response bill that would include more economic aid for Americans struggling because of the virus.
The head of the National Guard says at least 10,000 troops will be deployed in Washington, D.C., by Saturday, and an additional 5,000 could be requested from other states.
There are currently 6,200 Guard members in the city from D.C. and five nearby states. The increase in requests for Guard members on Monday comes as officials brace for more, possibly violent protests surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters that he has authorization to bring in up to 15,000 Guard members. He said the number of deployments is changing by the hour and day, based on requests from the Secret Service, the Park Police and the Capitol Police.
There have been repeated questions about why Guard members weren't brought in more quickly as the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol unfolded on Wednesday.
Guard officials have said they responded as quickly as they could as the situation spiraled out of control but said the Capitol Police repeatedly turned down offers for help in the days before the protests.
The National Park Service is shutting down public access to the Washington Monument until Jan. 24, citing threats surrounding Joe Biden's inauguration.
The agency said Monday that it was implementing the temporary closure "in response to credible threats to visitors and park resources."
Park officials say that groups involved in last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol are continuing to "threaten to disrupt" Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. As a result, officials are shutting down tours at the Washington Monument beginning Monday, running through Jan. 24.
They say they may also institute some temporary closures to roads, parking areas and restrooms on the National Mall and could extend the closures "if the conditions persist."