WASHINGTON – More than a dozen Democrat representatives and at least one Republican representative are publicly calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, and President Donald Trump from office just weeks before his term ends. Let’s delete. A second Republican representative has said he would not oppose it if it were implemented.
Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger said, “It is with a heavy heart that I am calling for our democracy to implement the 25th Amendment.” On twitter “It is time to implement the 25th amendment and end this nightmare.”
Later on Thursday, Republican Representative Steve Stavers stated that “if the cabinet decided to do so, I would not oppose it,” citing the 25th Amendment.
The video statements of Kinzinger and Stavers were sent to Pence late Wednesday, hours after a formal letter signed by 17 Democratic representatives of the House Judicial Committee.
“It is with great sadness that we write to you following the events that have unfolded in the US Capitol today. As you chaired the US Senate, angry supporters of President Trump sparked a rebellion, illegally hurricanes and Tried to Close US Capitol Building. Certifying President-Elect Biden’s Victory, “reads Statement.
The MPs’ statement said “President Trump remained silent” as “the world saw aghast as rebels, who were overrated by the president, threatened the safety of elected officials and employees and destroyed public property because they “US Capitol” on Wednesday afternoon. .
They to signal The president said that “he is not mentally healthy and is still unable to process and accept the results of the 2020 election.”
To invite the 25th amendment, a majority of 15 cabinet secretaries and a vice president would need to agree and send formal documents to Congress for consideration and approval.
The amendment states, “Whenever the Vice-President and the principal officers of the executive departments or most of the members of such other body as Congress may by law provide, the President of the Senate shall send to the President and to the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that the President Unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice-President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as acting President. “
A large number of Republicans would also have to agree to accept the request after it was sent to Congress. It is not clear whether this is likely to happen.
“For the sake of our democracy, we urge you to implement the 25th Amendment and begin the process of removing President Trump from power. President Trump has shown time and time again that he is not ready to protect our democracy and fulfill the duties of office, ”the lawmakers concluded his letter.
New: I’m sending a letter @RepTedLieu And our colleagues on the House Judicial Committee call Vice President Pence to implement the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from office following today’s events. pic.twitter.com/5VK8DLTLn4
– David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) January 7, 2021
The lawmakers’ formal letters and calls join others expressing similar calls to implement the 25th Amendment, and sentiments of echo were shared by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer on Thursday.
The National Association of Manufacturers issued a statement Wednesday afternoon calling for Pence and others to consider the 25th amendment.
“The outgoing president incites violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating his oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy. Campaign to raise dollars For anyone conspiring to apply conspiratorial principles. Vice President Pence, who was removed from the Capitol, should seriously consider the 25th Amendment working with the Cabinet to preserve democracy. ” His statement reads.
This statement is notable, as the National Association of Manufacturers recognized Ivanka Trump with an industry award last year.