House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday joined their Democratic colleagues and at least one Republican congressman in calling for the removal of President Donald Trump from office after the previous day’s violent riot in the U.S. Capitol.
“Yesterday, the President of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America,” Pelosi told reporters at the U.S. Capitol, adding that Trump committed a “seditious act,” Reuters reports.
Moreover, she said that him in remaining office for the next two weeks would be “very dangerous,” per Axios. Going further, the longtime House speaker indicated that the “overwhelming sentiment” of Democrats is to impeach Trump if Vice President Mike Pence or the Cabinet do not invoke the 25th Amendment or convince Trump to resign the presidency.
Schumer expressed the same message as Pelosi, threatening to impeach Trump if Pence and the Cabinet don’t act.
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer,” Schumer tweeted Thursday.
“The quickest and most effective way — it can be done today — to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president,” the Senate Democrats’ leader added.
If the House of Representatives successfully passes articles of impeachment, Trump would become the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
Notably, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic, on Thursday became the first Republican lawmaker to publicly call for invoking the 25th Amendment.
Congress, Axios notes, is out of session until President-elect Joe Biden‘s January 20 inauguration.
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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