Speaker Nancy Pelosi Calls For Vice President Mike Pence To Immediately Remove President Trump From Office
(AP) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump should immediately be removed from office or Congress may proceed to impeach him.
Pelosi on Thursday joined those calling on the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to force Trump from office. It came a day after protesters stormed the Capitol, forcing the building into lockdown.
She said at the Capitol: “The president of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America.”
Pelosi says he could do further harm to the country. Democrats and some Republicans want Trump removed before his term ends on Jan. 20 with Democrat Joe Biden’s inauguration.
The 25th Amendment allows for the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to declare the president unfit for office. The vice president then becomes acting president.
“In calling for this seditious act president has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation and our people. I join the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the Vice President to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th Amendment. If the vice president and cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment. That is the overwhelming sentiment of my caucus.”
“Justice will be done to those who carried out these acts, which were acts of sedition and acts of cowardice. To those whose purpose was to deter a responsibility, you have failed. You did not divert the Congress from our solemn constitutional purpose to validate the overwhelming election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president of the United States.”
“Despite the desecration of our Capitol, we upheld an in front of the country and the world the bedrock principle that the people are sovereign and that they hold the power to choose their leaders through the ballot. Rejecting this attempted coup on the part of President Trump and his supporters.”
“Accountability is also needed for Republicans in Congress who promoted the extreme conspiracy theories that provoked the violence, encouraged the mob and who, after desecration of the Capitol, went back to the House floor and continued to push the falsehoods and underpinned this assault… that underpinned this assault on our democracy. These Republicans abdicated their oath of office that was taken just three days prior to protect the American people and to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
“We’re very pleased now that we have in 13 days President Joe Biden, a Democratic House majority and a Democratic Senate majority that will work to heal, to heal and restore the soul of our nation.”