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House may push impeachment 'next week,' Pelosi deputy says

House Democrats may proceed with an impeachment vote against President Trump "as early as mid-next week," Assistant House Speaker Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) told CNN on Friday. The House would like Vice President Mike Pence to quickly invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump, but if he doesn't, "we will move forward with impeachment," Clark said.

Cabinet members have reportedly been discussing using the amendment to oust Trump after he provoked an attack by his supporters on the Capitol, but Pence needs to be onboard, and he reportedly is not. Less than two weeks remain before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. Clark acknowledged "we don't have much time" to remove Trump, but said House "procedural tools" could allow the body to skip committee votes and bring impeachment right to the floor. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) similarly said Thursday that "we don't need a lengthy debate" to decide to impeach Trump.