Fresh calls for Trump to resign after Capitol violence

Clay Curtis
January 11, 2021

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities are continuing to seek Trump supporters who violently stormed the Capitol on Wednesday after the president's repeated false claims that he had lost to Mr Biden due to fraud.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, many of her fellow Democrats and a handful of Republicans say Trump should not be trusted to serve out his term, which ends on January 20.

She said the resolution calls on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to declare Trump incapable of executing the duties of his office. The document gives Pence a "deadline" of 24 hours to respond, and after that the House "will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor".

Lisa Murkowski on Friday became the first Republican US senator to say Trump should resign immediately.

"As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action".

The effort to remove Trump from office was set in motion on January 7, when Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., lambasted Trump for his role in the violence and pandemonium the day before, and called for his removal via the 25th Amendment. "Simply put, it is a crime to persuade another person, or a mob of several thousand, to commit a violent felony", they wrote before providing what would likely be Exhibit A in the trial of Donald Trump- his actual words.

"I think [it] was universally accepted that what happened was a bad, awful violation", Pelosi said, pausing for what appeared to be an emotional moment, "... of the Capitol, of the first branch of government, the legislative branch, by the president of the United States".

However, Mr Clyburn, a congressman from SC, said he did not think it would possible to impeach and hold a trial before Mr Trump leaves office in 10 days' time.

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"I think that what happens in the next few weeks to months will determine where that goes, but we certainly are right now at risk of a revolutionary moment that could lead to mass unrest and violence".

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However, considering Trump's term is ending in 10 days, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said all 100 senators would have to consent to fast-tracking a trial or any business of substance before Inauguration Day, an unlikely prospect.

The FBI confirmed late on Sunday it had received over 40 000 digital media tips, including video and photos, from the public in connection with Wednesday's Capitol violence. Even after Trumps loss to President-elect Joe Biden, GOP lawmakers anxious about the hold he would have on their party in the coming years and the prospect of a primary challenge in their races if they crossed him.

Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of the siege. He has said he chose to seek the White House after watching Trump say there were "very fine people on both sides" of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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"It may be Tuesday or Wednesday before action is taken", House whip James Clyburn told CNN, "but I think it will be taken this week".

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., on Saturday said that Articles of Impeachment had received 180 co-sponsors and would be introduced on Monday during the House's pro forma session. The same day, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Senate rules mean the upper chamber would likely be unable to open an impeachment trial before Jan 19, and Toomey said he was unsure it was constitutionally possible to impeach someone once out of office.

No Republican senators have said they will vote to convict Mr Trump of wrongdoing.

Instead, Frum said that by using a personal account, Trump was given the power to speak as an individual while holding the privileges granted to presidents - including immunity from defamation lawsuits.

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