Update 2015 EST: Pence against the use of the 25th Amendment
Multiple sources report that Vice President Mike Pence has “ruled out” the use of the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. The vice president instead urged Congress to “focus on the Biden transition and avoid impeachment,” according to AP.
Pence sent a letter to President Pelosi stating: “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or of the Constitution.”
Update 2001 EST: The Senate can have enough votes for impeachment
CNBC’s Eamon Javers reports that, according to a senior Trump official, there are enough Republican votes in the Senate to condemn and remove President Trump from office if they receive articles of impeachment from the House on Wednesday.
Update 1917 EST: GOP Representative Brian Fitzpatrick introduces resolution to censor Trump
Owen is responding to MSNBC clip of leftists suggesting Trump supporters need to be deprogrammed.
Update 1806 EST: Several Republicans join Cheyney in voting to impeach Trump
“At least three GOP lawmakers will act to accuse the chairman of their own party of serious crimes,” CNBC reports. They will join Liz Cheney in calling for the president’s impeachment.
Representative John Katko, RN.Y., said earlier he would support impeachment after the president woke up a crowd that attacked the Capitol last week as Congress counted President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Later joined Cheney and Katko. The riot left five people dead, including a Capitol policeman.
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Update: the GOP establishment has become totally anti-Trump: Shortly after the McConnell report, Republican House Conference Speaker Liz Cheney, the third House Republican, announced on Tuesday that she planned to vote for impeach President Trump for inciting a violent mob on the Capitol last week.
“On January 6, 2021, a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the presidential electoral vote count,” Cheney of Wyoming said in a statement. “The President of the United States called this crowd, gathered the crowd and lit the flame of this attack. All that followed was his work.
Cheney: I will vote to remove the president
Washington – Wyoming MP and Republican House Conference Speaker Liz Cheney (R-WY) released the following statement ahead of House votes this week:
“On January 6, 2021, a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of the presidential electoral votes. This insurgency has caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space of our Republic.
“Much more will become clear in the days and weeks to come, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States called this crowd, gathered the crowd, and lit the flame of this attack. All that followed was his work. None of this would have happened without the president. The president could have intervened immediately and forcefully to stop the violence. He does not have. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.
“I will vote to remove the president.”
Earlier Tuesday, another Republican representative, John Katko of New York, also said he would support Trump’s impeachment.
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Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell is said to be “thrilled” with the idea of a second indictment of Trump, telling sources he believes President Trump “has committed uneasy crimes,” according to report from the New York Times on Tuesday night.
McConnell believes impeachment will facilitate the “purge [Trump] of the party ”before a vote on Wednesday in the House to formally indict Trump of inciting violence against the country.
Meanwhile, Trump ally and minority leader Kevin McCarthy of California has asked other Republicans if he should call on Trump to step down following the events on Capitol Hill last week. McCarthy and others have decided not to formally pressure Republicans to vote against impeachment. He reportedly contacted Nancy Pelosi to assess the interest in pursuing a vote of no confidence, although Pelosi had excluded him.
McConnell said he “wanted to see the specific impeachment article that the House is expected to approve on Wednesday,” the Times wrote. President-elect Biden even spoke to McConnell on Tuesday to ask him about the possibility of “a dual track that would allow the Senate to confirm the nominees for Mr. Biden’s cabinet and hold a Senate trial at the same time. “.
The article is expected to receive the support of “a dozen” Republicans.
McConnell was frank after the Senate reconvened Wednesday last week, saying: “This unsuccessful attempt to obstruct Congress, this failed insurgency, only underscores how critical the task ahead is for us. our Republic. Our nation was founded precisely so that the free choice of the American people is what shapes our self-government and determines the fate of our nation.
Taken together, the respective positions of McConnell and McCarthy represent a change of sentiment and a break with Trump within the Republican Party as the final days of the president’s term approach.
Trump, on the other hand, remained steadfast, saying on Tuesday that his remarks to his supporters were “entirely appropriate” and that the idea of impeachment “caused enormous anger.”
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