On January 6, following a rally where President Trump urged his supporters to “fight much harder” against “bad people” and “show strength,” a mob of rioters aiming to halt the count of Electoral College ballots that would formally seal Joe Biden’s victory violently stormed and overtook the United States Capitol. One Capitol police officer and four pro-Trump extremists lost their lives as a result.
Now, in the aftermath of the insurrection, lawmakers are exploring ways to strip the president of his authority, hold those who participated accountable, and investigate the massive security failures that jeopardized the lives of elected officials and legislative staff. The House of Representatives impeached President Trump for the second time in his term in the absence of Vice President Mike Pence invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from power. Senate leaders are now hashing out parameters for Trump’s trial in the Senate. Some lawmakers are also urging the expulsion of Republican lawmakers who participated in the efforts to overturn the election via the 14th Amendment.
On January 19, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a webinar to discuss the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection. Panelists assessed the options lawmakers are exploring to remove President Trump from office, the impeachment process, how the insurrection affects American democracy, and what it all means for President-elect Biden’s first 100 days in office.
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