Pelosi and Schumer demand Trump’s impeachment over “rebel”
Top Democrats in Congress called for the ousting of President Donald Trump Thursday, the day after a president-spurred mob overran the Capitol as lawmakers pegged President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Both Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Urged Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s cabinet to resign the President by invoking the 25th amendment to remove. Both said they could push for impeachment if the vice president and secretaries don’t act.
In a statement earlier Thursday, Schumer said Congress should “come back to indict the President” if Pence and cabinet fail to invoke the 25th amendment. Pelosi said lawmakers “may be ready” to take the move if executive officials don’t try to remove it. She added the move would have “overwhelming” support in her caucus.
Both Democratic leaders said Trump would put the country at risk even in the two weeks he left in office.
“Every single one of these days is a threat to democracy,” Schumer told reporters outside his New York office on Thursday afternoon. “The quickest and most effective way to remove this president from office is to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
Schumer and Pelosi said Trump instigated an “uprising” against the country. The spokesman added that “any day can be a horror show for America” as long as Trump stays in office.
Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, holds her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 7, 2021.
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Biden becomes president on January 20 after Trump’s months of conspiracy theories that widespread electoral fraud cost him a second term. More lawmakers have warned that another two weeks of Trump’s presidency could further undermine American democracy or lead to more deaths after four people died in the Capitol attack on Wednesday.
More than 100 lawmakers have called for the president to be removed from office by the 25th amendment, impeachment or resignation, according to an NBC News tally. Only one of them – Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois – is a Republican.
Congress was suspended for at least the rest of the week after Biden’s election victory was counted early Thursday. It is unclear whether either house would return in time to vote on the removal of the president in the 13 days leading up to the inauguration. While Schumer’s Democrats will control the Senate for the coming weeks after Georgia-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff take office, Republicans will hold the Chamber until they are sworn in.
On Thursday, ask about the timing of a possible impeachment trial. Pelosi said, “I don’t know how fast [Pence] could answer. We will see.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Did not consider expelling the president after the Capitol broke. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Schumer’s testimony.
Biden also said Thursday that he would not address the issue of invoking the 25th amendment.
Vice President Mike Pence chairs a joint congressional session to confirm the 2020 electoral college results after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
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After the 25th amendment, Vice President Mike Pence and a majority in the cabinet can remove Trump. The president could challenge the move. Congress would then have to vote with a two-thirds majority to force him out of office.
Informal appraisal interviews were held at the White House about the 25th amendment appeal, NBC News reported. It is unclear whether the talks were held to cabinet secretaries or to pence.
The democratically held house indicted Trump in December 2019, among other things, because the president urged Ukraine to investigate the Biden family during the presidential campaign. The GOP-controlled Senate voted against impeachment last year. Among the Republicans, only Senator Mitt Romney of Utah voted in favor of condemning the president.
Pelosi threatened to make Trump the only twice-accused president.
“If he wants to be unique and double-charged, it is entirely up to him and his cabinet,” she said on Thursday.
The House Democrats drafted impeachment procedures after the Capitol broke. In a statement after writing articles on Wednesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Said Trump should be “charged and removed from office” of his open rioting after calling a “coup attempt”.
It’s unclear whether the Senate would have the two-thirds of the support it takes to remove Trump from office now. Some of his GOP allies began to distance themselves from him after he fueled the attack on the Capitol.
“All I can say is do the math. Enough is enough,” Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., said in the Senate after the government regained control of the Capitol.
– CNBC’s Dan Mangan contributed to this report
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