Lawmakers are calling on the Vice President to invoke the 25th Amendment to impeach Trump.
- The storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump prompted some lawmakers to remove him from office before President-elect Joe Biden was sworn in on January 20.
- The chaotic scenes unfolded after Republican Trump, who refused to engage in a peaceful transfer of power, addressed thousands of protesters and repeated unfounded claims that the election was stolen from him .
- Four people died and 52 were arrested as demonstrators entered the building.
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Republican congressman calls for Trump’s impeachment with 25th Amendment
Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove President Donald Trump from office, a day after supporters of the president stormed the U.S. Capitol in a heart-wrenching assault on U.S. democracy.
“Everything points to the president breaking away, not just from his duty or even his oath, but from reality itself,” Kinzinger said in a video he posted on Twitter.
It is with a heavy heart that I call for the good of our democracy that the 25th Amendment be invoked. My statement: pic.twitter.com/yVyQrYcjuD
– Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 7, 2021
Senate Democrat calls for Trump’s immediate resignation from office
U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to immediately remove Trump from office, saying that if he does not act, Congress should remove the president.
Capitol police chief calls riots ‘criminal’
The United States Capitol Police Chief said the violent mob that stormed the building was wielding metal pipes, chemical irritants and other weapons against law enforcement.
Steven Sund released a statement Thursday saying riot protesters had “actively attacked” police and “were determined to enter the Capitol building causing serious damage.”
A Capitol Police officer shot and killed a person, whom Sund identified as Ashli Babbitt. Sund did not identify the officer, but said he would be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.