They admitted that the Senate conviction, which would require a two-thirds majority, including 17 Republican deserters, still had a long way to go. But some Democrats and Republicans have privately felt that impeachment has other benefits. If the Senate were to vote to convict, then it could bar Mr. Trump from re-assuming federal office, thereby eliminating any prospect of him running in 2024, a possibility some Republicans privately dread.
Among those pushing leaders towards the idea were some of the House’s more outspoken progressives, including Representatives Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and key moderates whose backers to last year’s impeachment was crucial.
“As a country, we need to demonstrate that this type of behavior is beyond the pale,” Michigan Representative Elissa Slotkin, a former national security official who represents a Red District, said in a statement. “I would prefer cabinet officials to act, but I will be prepared to consider other measures, such as impeachment, in the little time we have left.”
A group of Justice Panel Democrats, led by Representatives David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Jamie Raskin of Maryland, have begun circulating charges of “serious felony”. They included a single tally, “abuse of power,” based on Mr. Trump “willfully inciting violence against the United States government” in an effort to overturn the results of a democratically decided election. The articles also mention an explosive phone call from Mr. Trump pressuring the Georgian Secretary of State to “find” him the votes he needed to overturn Mr. Biden’s victory there.
Other articles written by Ms. Omar had around 60 co-sponsors, she said.
A handful of Republicans also appeared open to drastic action, although they dismissed the indictment for practical reasons. Some Democrats have also argued that it may not be worth the effort to pull together and defend a case with so little time for Mr. Trump.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, called on Mr Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, posting on Twitter that the president had become “released not only from his duty or oath, but from reality itself. “.
Rep. Tom Reed, a New York Republican and co-chair of the Bipartisan Caucus for Problem Solving, argued that the impeachment process could backfire at a time when the nation appeared to be heading for a peaceful transfer of power after Mr. Pence and Congress have ratified Mr. Biden’s victory.