Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday asked President Donald Trump’s cabinet to remove him from office after Wednesday’s violent assault on the Capitol by the president’s supporters.
In a statement, Schumer said that the attack on the Capitol “was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president.”
“This president should not hold office one more day,” he added. Schumer said Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment and immediately remove Trump from office.RELATED
According to the White House website, Trump’s cabinet is made up of 16 members, including Pence.
What happened at the US Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by President Trump.
This president must not hold office one day longer.
– Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 7, 2021
“If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should meet again to impeach the president,” he added.
The U.S. Capitol was forced to close its doors Wednesday, with lawmakers inside, after violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and the police.
Protesters tore down the metal barricades at the foot of the Capitol steps.
The White House reports that the National Guard and federal police are going to the Capitol to help remove occupation from Trump supporters.
Trump urged Vice President Mike Pence, who will play a largely ceremonial role in the process, to prevent certification of Biden’s victory, even though the vice president does not have that power.
The protesters stormed the United States Congress on Wednesday after breaking down several security fences and confronting the Police, who have been overwhelmed, causing chaotic scenes in the American capital.
A woman is helped by the Police during the demonstration at the Capitol.
The Capitol Police tried to stop the protesters from entering.
Police aim their pistols at protesters trying to enter the Capitol.
The two chambers declared themselves in recess, forcing the Electoral College to suspend the debate.
For her part, the Democratic congresswoman for New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez indicated that if Pence does not invoke the 25th amendment today, Congress should “immediately” begin an impeachment trial against Trump.
“Our republic is in great danger, and it is in even more danger without swift action to protect it,” he said.
If the 25th amendment is not invoked today, Congress must reconvene immediately for impeachment and removal proceedings.
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 7, 2021
Earlier, the constitutional lawyer Carlos Gorrín Peralta explained to El Nuevo Día that the 25th amendment establishes that the vice president of the United States could assume power in the event that the president dies, resigns or declares himself unable to continue in office. For the latter, the vice president will need to have a majority of the cabinet members, as per section 4 of the amendment.
This section has never been used after Congress passed the measure to ensure the succession to the presidential office after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.