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Rep. Omar Says She Is Drafting New Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

a photo of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn
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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., says Donald Trump needs to be removed from office immediately.

Rep. Ilhan Omar said she is drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump. She blamed him for his supporters' attempt at an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

"Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate," wroteOmar, a Democrat from Minnesota. "We can't allow him to remain in office, it's a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath."

In remarks to his gathered supporters on Wednesday at the Ellipse behind the White House, Trump falsely claimed that "this election was stolen from you, from me, from the country," and also incorrectly declared that he won "in a landslide."

Trump's supporters had gathered in Washington to protest Congress' certification of the Electoral College vote, which was won by former Vice President Joe Biden by a large margin.

Even as his supporters occupied the U.S. Capitol building, Trump released a video message on Wednesday afternoon in which he told them to "go home now," while continuing to falsely claim the election had been "stolen."

The House of Representatives, where the Democrats hold a majority, already voted to impeach Trump in December 2019. The articles of impeachment then included abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, related to Trump's push for Ukraine to conduct investigations that could help him in the 2020 election. Less than two months later, the Republican-controlled Senate voted to acquit him.

There were already calls from some, including Omar, to impeach Trump over his phone call on Saturday to Georgia's secretary of state, in which the president urged state officials to "find" votes that could overturn his loss there during November's election.

Without the support of House leadership, Omar's efforts are likely to go nowhere, and Trump has just two weeks left in office before his term ends and Biden is inaugurated as president.

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Laurel Wamsley is a reporter for NPR's News Desk. She reports breaking news for NPR's digital coverage, newscasts, and news magazines, as well as occasional features. She was also the lead reporter for NPR's coverage of the 2019 Women's World Cup in France.