Multiple reports surfaced late on Wednesday evening stating that members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet have reportedly started discussing the possibility of using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office following the violence that broke out today in Washington, D.C., after a rally that the president held ahead of the Electoral College certification.
Both CBS News and ABC News reported that the cabinet secretaries had started talking about the idea, although no plan had yet been formally presented to Vice President Mike Pence.
ABC News has learned there have been conversations among some Trump cabinet members of invoking the 25th Amendment. @Santucci @KFaulders
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) January 7, 2021
JUST IN: “This is not news we deliver lightly,” @margbrennan says as she reports: Trump Cabinet secretaries are discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump. Nothing formal yet presented to VP Pence.
“I’m talking about actual members of the Cabinet,” she says
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) January 7, 2021
The House Judiciary Committee, controlled by the Democrat Party, called on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
“President Trump remained silent even as insurrections broke windows, threatened U.S. Capitol Police, and scaled the walls of the Capitol,” the letter said. “Earlier in the morning, President Trump held a rally at the White House and told protesters ‘I’ll be with you’ and encouraged them to march to the Capitol to protest the certification of the electoral college votes.”
The New York Times added, “A source said the 25th Amendment discussions are staff-based within the administration and with some Republicans on the Hill, and that they’re not particularly focused but stem from growing concern about the next two weeks and the potential for insurrections around the country.”
The news comes after violence broke out at the nation’s capital following a rally that the president held ahead of the Electoral College certification. Large crowds stormed the Capitol Building, broke out windows, attacked law enforcement officers, and forced members of Congress to evacuate or shelter in place. At one point, armed guards had to barricade people in a room and had to draw their weapons to prevent the rioters from entering.
A young woman was shot, reportedly by law enforcement, after she appeared to try to enter a closed off area. News reports later stated that she had died from her injuries.
Multiple members of the administration resigned today following the violence, including “White House social secretary Rickie Niceta, top FLOTUS aide Stephanie Grisham and Sarah Matthews, a deputy in the press office,” according to reporter Nancy Cook. Multiple other members of the administration were also reportedly considering resigning as well.
At least three WH aides resigned today including White House social secretary Rickie Niceta, top FLOTUS aide Stephanie Grisham and Sarah Matthews, a deputy in the press office.
Many more resignations potentially to come, as aides and R’s try to distance themselves from today.
— Nancy Cook (@nancook) January 7, 2021
Part of the concern regarding the violence was the way that Trump allegedly responded to it. “Trump initially rebuffed and resisted requests to mobilize the National Guard, according to a person with knowledge of the events,” The New York Times reported. “It required intervention from White House officials to get it done, according to the person with knowledge of the events.”
The Times reported separately that Pence was the one who gave the order to deploy the national guard to regain control of the nation’s capital.
“The Army activated 1,100 troops of the D.C. National Guard, an Army official said Wednesday, and Virginia’s governor dispatched members of the Virginia Guard along with 200 Virginia State Troopers to quell the violence in the nation’s capital,” the Times added. “The troops were sent to the D.C. Armory to be deployed to the Capitol and to other points around Washington.”
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