OnPolitics: The House barrels toward Impeachment

Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY
Closer look: How an expedited impeachment against Trump could work
Closer look: How an expedited impeachment against Trump could work

It's Tuesday and the House is getting closer to impeaching President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, more lawmakers have announced they tested positive for COVID-19 following the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week.

It's Mabinty, with today's top political news. Let's get started.

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How quickly can the House impeach Trump?

On Monday, the House introduced a single article (or charge) for "incitement of insurrection," and is expected to vote Tuesday evening on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to declare Trump incapable of remaining in office using the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

The House is also preparing for a possible vote Wednesday on whether to impeach Trump a second time. Upon receiving the article, the Senate must take it up either through a vote to dismiss the charge or, if that fails, moving ahead with a trial to determine whether to convict the 45th president.

But the timing of a Senate trial is uncertain.

What's the hold-up?

House Speak Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., might not send the article of impeachment to the Senate immediately. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has circulated a letter showing the Senate can't hold a trial before Trump’s term ends.

How are the Republicans reacting?

There appears to be a bit more GOP support for impeachment this time.

What is the president saying?

"It's ridiculous," Trump told reporters as he left the White House en route to an immigration speech in Alamo, Texas. He took no responsibility for last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Jaw-dropping news from the Capitol riot

Congress feuds over COVID-19

House Reps. Anthony Brown, D-Md., and Debby Dingell, D-Mich., proposed legislation Tuesday that would fine any member of Congress who refuses to wear a mask on Capitol grounds $1,000 for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This comes as Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., who both said they sheltered with maskless colleagues during the events at the Capitol.

"Any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy," Jayapal tweeted after her diagnosis.

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