Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said Vice President Pence should “immediately” invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office, while warning that if he refuses, Congress should “impeach the president.”
“What happened at the U. S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement Thursday. “This president should not hold office one day longer.”
“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,” Schumer continued. “If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”
Schumer’s statement comes after a number of congressional Democrats on Wednesday urged Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.
The 25th Amendment includes a section allowing the vice president and a majority of Cabinet members to declare a president “unable” to perform the job.
A Trump administration official told Fox News on Thursday that Pence has not been involved in any 25th Amendment conversations.
Another source who has been in direct contact with several Cabinet members told Fox News that there has been no discussion.
Meanwhile, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said she was “drawing up articles of impeachment.”
“Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate,” she tweeted. “We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.”
The calls for Trump’s removal come after the president spoke at a rally Wednesday, telling supporters that he would “never concede,” and repeated unsubstantiated claims that the election was “stolen” from him and that he won in a “landslide.”
During his remarks, he renewed pressure on Pence, claiming that he should decertify the results of the presidential election and send it “back to the states,” claiming that if he did that, Trump would be president for another four years.
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