US media have reported that the opposition Democrats will launch a process to impeach President Donald Trump as early as Monday, in the wake of a violent siege of the US Capitol by his supporters.
On Wednesday, Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol and disrupted a joint session of Congress where Joe Biden's election victory was being certified. The incident left five people dead.
Citing sources that are familiar with the situation, multiple US media outlets reported that the Democrats will submit a draft article to the House of Congress to seek Trump's removal from office.
Trump was impeached in December 2019 over allegations of applying improper pressure on Ukraine although he was eventually acquitted.
If impeached again, he would be the first president in US history to be impeached twice.
However, chances of his removal from office are small given that his term in office ends on January 20 and his own Republican Party is in control of the Senate, where the impeachment trial would take place.
Meanwhile, US judicial authorities are trying to identify and take action against those who stormed the Capitol.
A federal prosecutor announced on Friday that a man who was photographed sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the siege is in custody. The man is reportedly from the southern state of Arkansas and was appealing for support for Trump.
Following a harsh public outcry against the mayhem, more people are being dismissed or suspended from their jobs after being identified as members of the mob that stormed the Capitol.