Schumer, Democrats, and One Republican Representative Call for Trump's Removal
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called for President Donald Trump’s removal after a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, leaving four dead and injuring multiple members of the Capitol Police.
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president,” Schumer said in a statement issued Thursday. “This president should not hold office one day longer.”
Schumer continued: “If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”
Trump has called on his supporters to challenge the election results, and addressing the mob in a video on Wednesday, he asked them to remain peaceful but also encouraged them, saying: “I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us.”
There are two options currently under discussion, although both are very unlikely to happen at this point, especially considering Trump has less than two weeks remaining in office and both chambers have recessed until after Biden’s inauguration. Congress could reconvene and move to impeach Trump and remove him from office, then the Senate could vote to prevent Trump from holding federal elected office ever again. But to remove Trump would take a two-thirds majority in the Senate, which seems improbable.
Rep. Ilhan Omar has drawn up articles of impeachment, which she shared on Twitter early Thursday afternoon. Thirteen representatives, including Democratic Reps. Cicilline, Ted Lieu, Al Green, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Cori Bush, joined her in this effort as co-leads.
“Our republic is in great danger, and it is imperiled further without swift action to protect it,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “The President incited an attack on Congress. He is deeply unstable. The Cabinet must invoke the 25th amendment. Congress must also pursue impeachment and removal of the President.”
With the second option, under section 4 of the 25th amendment, Vice President Mike Pence along with a majority of cabinet members could vote to remove Trump from office because he is is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Invoking that particular part of the amendment, however, is unprecedented in our nation’s history.
Around 100 Democrats so far have said Trump should be removed, according to a count by NBC News. And Rep. David Cicilline along with 18 other members of the House Judiciary Committee, authored a letter to Pence asking him to use the 25th amendment.
A lone Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, has joined Democrats in calling for Trump’s removal. “It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment and end this nightmare,” Kinzinger said.
“The president has become unmoored, not just from his duty or even his oath, but from reality,” Kinzinger shared in a video statement on Thursday. “It is for this reason I call on the vice president and members of the cabinet to ensure the next few weeks are safe for the American people, and that we have a sane captain at the ship.”
So far, neither House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has weighed in on removing Trump.
This story is developing and will be updated.
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