Pelosi, Schumer join growing calls for Trump’s removal after Capitol riot
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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