By Spy Uganda Correspondent
USA: The United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has joined a number of top Democrats in Congress to call for President Donald Trump’s removal from office following a mob spurred by the president overran the Capitol as lawmakers tallied President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential win.
Both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called on Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s Cabinet to remove the president from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. Both said they could move forward with impeachment if the vice president and secretaries do not act.
Both Democratic leaders said Trump would endanger the country even in the two weeks he has left in office.
“Each and every one of those days is a threat to democracy,” Schumer told reporters Thursday afternoon outside his New York City office. “The quickest and most effective way to remove this president from office is to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
Schumer and Pelosi said Trump incited an “insurrection” against the country. The speaker added that “any day can be a horror show for America” as long as Trump remains in office.
Congress adjourned for at least the rest of the week after it counted Biden’s electoral victory early Thursday. It is unclear if either chamber would return in time to vote to remove the president in the 13 days before the inauguration. While Schumer’s Democrats will control the Senate in coming weeks after Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia take office, Republicans will hold the chamber until they are sworn in.
Asked Thursday about the timing of possible impeachment proceedings, Pelosi said, “I don’t know how quickly [Pence] might respond. We’ll see.”
Biden did not personally address the question of invoking the 25th Amendment before he introduced his Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland on Thursday. Biden transition spokesman Andrew Bates later said that the president-elect “will leave it to Vice President Pence, the Cabinet and the Congress to act as they see fit.”
Under the 25th Amendment, Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of the Cabinet can remove Trump. The president could contest the move. Congress would then need to vote with a two-thirds majority to push him out of office.
The Democratic-held House impeached Trump in December 2019 in part because the president pushed Ukraine to investigate the Biden family during the presidential campaign. The GOP-controlled Senate voted against removing him from office last year. Among Republicans, only Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah voted to convict the president.
Pelosi threatened to make Trump the only president impeached twice.
“If he wants to be unique and be doubly impeached, that’s kind of up to him and his Cabinet,” she said Thursday.
House Democrats drafted articles of impeachment after the breach of the Capitol. In a statement after she drew up articles on Wednesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said Trump “should be impeached and removed from office for his open sedition” after what she called a “coup attempt.”