Pelosi Says Congress Is ‘Prepared’ To Impeach Trump Again Unless Pence Invokes 25th Amendment
President Donald Trump may have a shot at becoming the first president in American history to be impeached twice.
In a Thursday afternoon announcement, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) said Congress “may be prepared to move forward with impeachment” unless the president’s cabinet moves quickly to remove him via the 25th Amendment. Pelosi said Trump committed “an act of sedition” by inciting a riot on Wednesday afternoon that led hundreds of the president’s supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol.
“The president has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation and our people,” Pelosi said.
Earlier on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for Trump to be removed from office by the 25th Amendment, which includes a mechanism allowing a majority of the president’s executive cabinet, with the support of the vice president, to remove a president from power. That part of the 25th Amendment has never been invoked.
It’s not clear whether there would be time for Congress to impeach Trump for a second time before the president leaves office on January 20—to say nothing of the Senate trial necessary for removal from office. Both chambers of Congress recessed after finishing the final certification of the Electoral College votes in the early hours of Thursday morning and are not scheduled to reconvene until January 19.
But there are increasing calls for Trump to be removed from office via one constitutional mechanism or another—and not just from Democrats.
In a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R–Ill.) call
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