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House Democrats eye quick impeachment vote if Pence rebuffs attempt to remove Trump
But President-elect Joe Biden has no appetite for opening an impeachment proceeding against Trump, people familiar with the matter said Thursday night, as he prefers to keep his focus on taking office in less than two weeks. "Impeachment would not help unify this country," a person close to Biden said, who added that "this is a matter to be decided by the Congress." Sources told CNN earlier Thursday the President-elect had no intention of weighing in on the 25th Amendment talks. 

(CNN)Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team are considering a lightning-quick impeachment process if Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet refuse to take unprecedented steps to remove President Donald Trump from office in less than two weeks' time, according to multiple Democratic sources.

The stunning intervention to remove a sitting president would need significant bipartisan support to succeed in the Senate, something Democrats don't have yet. But Pelosi has bluntly warned the White House that the House would impeach Trump for "seditious acts" in inciting riots at the Capitol on Wednesday.

"This is urgent -- this is an emergency of the highest magnitude," the California Democrat told reporters Thursday. "My phone has been exploding with 'impeach, impeach, impeach.' "

Top Democrats say there have not been serious discussions yet about impeaching Trump for the second time in his presidency, something that has never been done before.

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