Confidants and Republican officials considering drastic measures to remove him from office, with less than two weeks remaining in President Donald Trump’s term, in the wake of the chaos at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.
“It’s with a heavy heart I am calling for the sake of our Democracy that the 25th Amendment be invoked.” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) posted on Twitter Thursday morning.
Jay Timmons, head of the National Association of Manufacturers, is urging Vice President Pence to “seriously consider” invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
The 25th Amendment would allow Pence to step in if he and a majority of Cabinet members deem Trump no longer able to hold office. If Trump contests that designation, it takes two-thirds of the House and Senate to override and remove him.
Pence and a joint session of Congress certified President-elect Biden’s victory over Trump early Thursday morning, every state’s vote verified hours after chaos engulfed the Capitol.
Several news reports claim some Republicans want to remove trump before his term ends and the certification of Biden’s victory, the president said he will transition power to Democrat president-elect:
Echoing other news outlets, Axios reported late on Wednesday that the measures include censure, impeachment, or invoking the 25th Amendment.
This talk is coming from current and former White House and GOP Hill aides, and Republican lobbyists and political consultants — all of whom have either embraced him or quietly tolerated him until now.
Senior State Department officials are encouraging 25th Amendment discussions along with other officials at the White House and other departments, according to two sources involved in the discussions.…
No House or Senate Republican leaders are yet championing these ideas — and it’s too soon to know whether those talking about them are just letting off steam after a shock to the democracy, or whether a critical mass exists to proceed.
Trump raged against perceived betrayals on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported.
Without naming any sources, CBS News, ABC News, The Post, and CNN also noted that Trump’s Cabinet is discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office in the wake of the Capitol riots.
It would be the first time in American history officials remove a sitting president from office for non-health-related issues if the Cabinet were to move forward.
The Amendment lays out guidelines to ensure a transition of power if a president is deemed unfit or unable to continue serving. It has been invoked only three times due to the physical health of the president.
Fox News, Chad Pergram also reports that unnamed Republicans are considering impeaching and convicting the president.
“From colleague John Roberts: A well-placed source tells me there is talk swirling among Republicans in Congress of a possible 2nd impeachment proceeding – and conviction against Trump – to ensure he can’t run for re-election,” he posted on Twitter.
Republicans are angry with the president for what they see as instigating an attack on American democracy, bringing disgrace to their party, and invading the sanctity of their chambers at the U.S. Capitol, according to Axios.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) told CNN’s Manu Raju, “I don’t think urging people to come to the Capitol was a good idea,” when asked if Trump bears at least some responsibility for the chaos at the US Capitol.
“The responsibility of violent criminal acts is with violent criminals,” Hawley added. Hawley has been one of Trump’s ardent supporters and objected to certifying the pro-Biden Electoral College votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania along with a small group of GOP senators
As of 9:30 p.m., police had detained 52 rioters and protesters, including four for carrying pistols without a license and one for possession of a prohibited weapon, Metropolitan Police Department Cheif Robert Contee told reporters.
The unrest led to four individuals’ deaths, including a woman whom police shot inside the Capitol, she was a 14-year veteran who served four tours.
“Police said three other people – a woman and two men – died after apparently suffering ‘separate medical emergencies’ near the Capitol grounds,” as reported by the Hill. Reposts of other demonstrators hospitalized.
Officers who were overrun by the large crowds sustained injuries, with one of them “pulled into the crowd and assaulted,” resulting in “serious injuries” that required hospitalization, Contee said. Another officer was sent to the hospital as a result of the chaos.
“Police also recovered two pipe bombs near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee,” the Hill noted.
With the help of the National Guard and other federal protective services, the Capitol grounds were cleared allowing lawmakers to resume their count of the electoral results at approximately 8:00 pm.