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Leading Democrats accused President Trump Sunday of corruption, "abuse of power" and committing an "impeachable offense" for urging Georgia's Republican Secretary of State in a phone call to overturn Joe Biden's election win.

Why it matters: Trump was impeached by House Democrats in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for pressing Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden, before being acquitted in the GOP-controlled Senate.

  • No president has been impeached twice. But after the Washington Post obtained Trump's recorded comments to Brad Raffensperger, several Democrats made that call.
What they're saying:

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris told reporters Trump's actions represented "a bald-faced, bold abuse of power by the president."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told reporters, "I absolutely think it's an impeachable offense, and if it was up to me, there would be articles on the floor quite quickly. ... He's attacking our very election."

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who was lead House impeachment manager during Trump's impeachment trial, tweeted: "Trump’s contempt for democracy is laid bare. Once again. On tape. Pressuring an election official to “find” the votes so he can win is potentially criminal, And another flagrant abuse of power by a corrupt man who would be a despot, if we allowed him. We will not."

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted, "This is clearly an impeachable offense and I believe there is nothing under the law giving Trump immunity from criminal process and indictment for this conduct. The law and order party is a farce."

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) tweeted, "Ever notice this forever impeached president cannot help but project himself with others? "Rigged" elections, "highly improper," and "extraordinarily" corrupt all can be adjectives for this disgraced and outgoing president."

Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) tweeted WashPost's report on Trump's hourlong call with a comment quoting her remarks as a House impeachment manager last February for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress: "President Trump's constitutional crimes, his crimes against the American people and the nation, remain in progress."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) joined Democrats in denouncing the president, telling CNN Sunday after reading a transcript of the call: "You see threats made, threatening in essence a crime."

Of note: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told her caucus in a statement on Sunday that Democrats should aim "to convince more of the American people to trust in our democratic system" during the Jan. 6 vote to certify Biden's victory, and not use the forum to debate Trump's presidency.

For the record: The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington noted in a statement Sunday calling for Trump's impeachment that "the logistics of holding impeachment proceedings in the final two weeks of a presidency" are "hard to pull off."

  • But the group added: "if this isn't impeachable conduct, then literally nothing is."
  • The White House did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Go deeper: More Republicans denounce GOP plans to challenge election results

Go deeper

Off the Rails

Episode 6: Last stand in Georgia

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Drew Angerer, Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 6: Georgia had not backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 and Donald Trump's defeat in this Deep South stronghold, and his reaction to that loss, would help cost Republicans the U.S. Senate as well. Georgia was Trump's last stand.

On Air Force One, President Trump was in a mood. He had been clear he did not want to return to Georgia, and yet somehow he'd been conscripted into another rally on the night of Jan. 4.

Off the Rails

Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”

Off the Rails

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Elijah Nouvelage, Alex Wong/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence. Trump believes the vice president can solve all his problems by simply refusing to certify the Electoral College results. It's a simple test of loyalty: Trump or the U.S. Constitution.

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."