BISMARCK — President Donald Trump's term could be cut short as the U.S. House of Representatives took its first steps towards impeachment on Monday, Jan. 11.
The House introduced Monday an article of impeachment that charges Trump with "high crimes and misdemeanors." It states Trump should be impeached based on the 14th Amendment to the U.S Constitution, which prohibits a person from holding any U.S. office if they "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against" the U.S.
House Democrats promised swift action on impeachment after a pro-Trump mob occupied the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, resulting in five deaths. According to the article of impeachment, Trump incited the riot by reiterating unfounded election fraud claims and telling his supporters to march to the Capitol to interfere with the certification of the 2020 Electoral College votes.
In addition to the impeachment effort, House Democrats also drafted a resolution that asks Vice President Mike Pence and Trump's Cabinet to remove Trump from his position under the 25th Amendment, which Republicans are opposed to. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the resolution on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.
Now, the House will need to call a full vote for the impeachment measure, which could occur anytime this week, The Times reported.
Here's a rundown of where the senators and representatives for North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota stand on impeaching Trump as of Monday, Jan. 11:
Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer: Opposes Trump's impeachment
- Cramer has been loyal to President Trump throughout his presidency. He said in a statement to The Forum that "It would be a mistake for Congressional Democrats to move forward with impeachment. Just as it did last year, the impeachment process would further divide the country and limit the Senate’s ability to respond to world events, all without achieving the stated goal of removing President Trump from office before his term ends next week."
Republican Sen. John Hoeven: Opposes Trump's impeachment
- “At this point, I think we need to work together to heal the divisions in our nation and impeachment would instead serve to further divide our country," Hoeven said in a statement to The Forum.
Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong: Opposes Trump's impeachment
- North Dakota's at-large Representative recently appeared on Fox Business where he said the process would be rushed and that now is not the time to consider impeachment articles as the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging across the country. "A rushed impeachment process would only further divide Americans, at a time when millions of our fellow citizens are hurting because of the pandemic," he wrote in a Facebook post.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Supports Trump's impeachment
Democratic Tina Smith: Supports Trump's impeachment
"Donald Trump is dangerous. Every minute he is in office he is a danger to our democracy, our national security, and to public health. He incited an attack on the legislative branch of the U.S. government and he must be held accountable," Smith said in a statement to The Forum.
Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum: Supports Trump's impeachment
- McCollum said Trump is incapable of executing his duties as President of the United States and should resign, and if Pence does not invoke the 25th Amendment, then the House should immediately impeach him. "This president has incited a violent mob to attack the U.S. Capitol," McCollum said in a statement to The Forum. "The president must be restrained so he cannot inflict any more damage on our democracy."
Democrat Angie Craig: Supports Trump's impeachment
Craig said in a statement to The Forum that she "does not believe that the President should serve another day in office and that immediate steps must be taken to defend our nation and preserve our democracy."
Republican Rep. Pete Stauber: Opposes Trump's impeachment
- The representative said in a statement to The Forum that America needs to heal at this time, and he intends to be a part of the healing process. “Democrats’ calls for impeachment will only further divide this nation," Stauber said.
Republican Rep. Tom Emmer: Opposes Trump's impeachment
- "Leaders from both parties need to encourage calm and let the peaceful transition the President has committed to play out," Emmer said in a statement.
Republican Rep. Michelle Fischbach: Opposes Trump's impeachment
- The representative declined to provide further comment Monday. Fischbach, along with Rep. Jim Hagedorn who did not immediately respond to requests for comment, voted to reject Arizona and Pennsylvania's 2020 Electoral College votes on Jan. 6.
Reps. Dean Phillips and Ilhan Omar did not respond to multiple requests for comment Monday.
Republican Rep. Dusty Johnson: Opposes Trump's impeachment
- South Dakota's sole representative said in a statement to the Forum News Service that "Impeachment is the single most divisive thing Democratic leadership could do.”
Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune did not respond to multiple requests for comment Monday.
Trump was impeached in December 2019 by the House on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress, but the Senate, which had a Republican majority at the time, voted to acquit him in February 2020.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Michelle Griffith, a Report for America corps member, at firstname.lastname@example.org.