The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

House introduces impeachment articles

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/11/21, 04:09 pm

With nine days left in President Donald Trump’s tenure, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is calling lawmakers back to Washington to vote on whether to charge him with “incitement of insurrection.” The bill of impeachment says Trump “gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government” when he spoke at a rally on Wednesday after which some attendees broke into the Capitol building and rioted.

Does Congress have time to impeach him? It’s highly unlikely the whole process could happen before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. On Monday, House Republicans blocked a quick vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. The chamber will probably pass the measure on Tuesday. If Pence doesn’t respond, the House will move forward with impeachment, Pelosi said. Lawmakers could vote on the bill of impeachment on Wednesday.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s first-hand account of the Capitol riots.

Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

Read more from this writer


You must be a WORLD Member and logged in to the website to comment.
    Posted: Mon, 01/11/2021 05:01 pm

    “The case cannot come to trial in the Senate. Because the Senate has rules, and the rules would not allow the case to come to trial until, according to the majority leader, until 1 p.m. on January 20th, an hour after President Trump leaves office,” Dershowitz said in a Fox Business interview on Sunday. ...

    “And the Constitution specifically says, ‘The President shall be removed from office upon impeachment.’ It doesn’t say the former president. Congress has no power to impeach or try a private citizen, whether it be a private citizen named Donald Trump or named Barack Obama or anyone else,” he said.

    Democrats Cannot Impeach Trump, and You Can’t Impeach Him After Leaving Office: Dershowitz (

    Posted: Tue, 01/12/2021 09:34 am

    Dershowitz may be right here.

    Posted: Wed, 01/13/2021 01:52 am

    Timing is everything. A timeline of events on January 6: 
    12 pm – President starts speaking at the Ellipse 
    about 12:40 pm – “first wave of protesters arrived at the Capitol” – per Washington Post – “Sund’s outer perimeter on the Capitol’s west side was breached within 15 minutes” – per Washington Post 
    1 pm – “I realized at 1pm, things aren’t going well… I’m watching my people getting slammed.” – per ex-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund 
    1:09 pm – “Sund called the Sergeants-at-arms of the House and Senate. He told them it was time to call in the National Guard. He even said he wanted an emergency declaration. Both, however, said they would ‘run it up the chain’ and get back to him.” 
    1:11 pm – President concludes speaking – “at least a 45-minute walk between the two locations with crowd-related delays, that would put the first people from Trump’s speech at Capitol Hill no earlier than 1:56pm” 
    1:50 pm – “the Capitol itself was breached. Still before most Trump speech attendees could have arrived.” 
    past 5 pm – “the National Guard arrived”

    At the time, I was a little irritated that President Trump was scheduled to speak at 11 am, but didn't speak until noon – (which is 11 am Central Time). Now I know why.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 01/12/2021 05:47 pm

    I think Pelosi's determination to impeach Trump is stupid. And honestly, every time I see her do something stupid, I cheer. Guess that's pretty warped. 

    Posted: Tue, 01/12/2021 11:25 pm

    I hope Trump gets a good Christian lawyer like the last one and sues the pants off Pelosi's hate-filled crew.

    The police know who showed up at the Capitol. Conservatives don't wear helmets and tear gas face masks.

    I'm surprised they aren't including charging him with murder because of COVID. Ilhan called for that before the Capitol debacle. She hates Trump because he is friends with Israel. Convince me she doesn't hate America. Why do we allow someone like that leading our country? Privy to our countries secrets?

    When did: "No Trump No Wall No USA at all" become free speech? Why is that ok in America?  


    Posted: Tue, 01/12/2021 11:32 pm

    There should be outcry from the media about all the taxes wasted for 4 years going after Trump.

    But the media are demanding impeachment. We heard it from their lips.

    "They" don't want hate or bullying? The media, especially CNN and the View are full of so much hate. And BULLYING? Antifa teaches stuff like gouge their eyes out, don't just hit. They come prepared to do battle. They have an agenda. 

    They will come to your house. You know people are scared. Someone should be doing something about it.