House Democrats Ask Mike Pence to Invoke 25th Amendment to Remove Donald Trump
Nearly two dozen House Democrats have sent an urgent letter to Vice President Mike Pence demanding that he invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office immediately.
The request came while Congress was certifying President-Elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, which was delayed for several hours due to an armed siege of the United States Capitol by hundreds of seditious Trump supporters.
“NEW: I am sending a letter with @RepTedLieu and our colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, calling on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from office after today’s events,” House Antitrust Committee Chairman David Cicilline (RI) tweeted late Wednesday night.
NEW: I am sending a letter with @RepTedLieu and our colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, calling on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from office after today’s events. pic.twitter.com/5VK8DLTLn4
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) January 7, 2021
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY), along with Democratic Representatives Cori Bush (MO), Steve Cohen (TN), Madeleine Dean (PA), Ted Deutch (FL), Veronica Escobar (TX), Sylvia Garcia (TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Hank Johnson (GA), Mondaire Jones (NY), Ted Lieu (CA), Lucy McBath (GA), Joe Neguse (CO), Jamie Raskin (MD), Mary Gay Scanlon (PA), Greg Stanton (AZ), and Eric Swalwell (CA) also signed onto Cicilline’s bid to oust Trump.
“It is with great sadness that we write to you following the incidents that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol today. As you presided over the U.S. Senate, angry supporters of President Trump attempted an insurrection, illegally storming and breaching the U.S. Capitol building to stop the certification of President-elect Biden’s victory,” the lawmakers wrote.
“The world watched aghast as insurrectionists, who had been egged on by the President, threatened the safety of elected officials and staff and destroyed public property as they stormed and occupied both the House and Senate chambers bringing our democracy to a halt. At one point, the insurrectionists even removed an American flag flying at the Capitol and replaced it with a Trump flag,” the letter states.
The House members blasted Trump for encouraging his followers to take up arms against the government and disrupt the democratic process:
Meanwhile, President Trump remained silent even as insurrections broke windows, threatened U.S. Capitol Police, and scaled the walls of the Capitol. Earlier in the morning, President Trump held a rally at the White House and told protestors ‘I’ll be with you’ and encouraged them to march to the Capitol to protest the certification of the electoral college votes.
Last Saturday, President Trump sought to undermine our democracy by encouraging election officials in Georgia to find more votes to overturn the election results. Even before the election, President Trump refused to commit to the peaceful transition of power. We have seen the fruit of the President’s remarks in the violence and chaos unleashed today.
Their case is solid:
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides the Vice President and a majority of sitting Cabinet secretaries with the authority to determine a president as unfit if he ‘is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’ Even in his video announcement this afternoon, President Trump revealed that he is not mentally sound and is still unable to process and accept the results of the 2020 election. President Trump’s willingness to incite violence and social unrest to overturn the election results by force clearly meet this standard. So too are his recent Tweets, which Twitter has since deleted, saying the election was ‘stolen’ and that today’s riots ‘are the things and events that happen.’
The 19 House Democrats concluded that “for the sake of our democracy, we emphatically urge you to invoke the 25th Amendment and begin the process of removing President Trump from power. President Trump has shown time and again that he is unwilling to protect our Democracy and carry out the duties of the office.”