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Schumer calls on Pence to use 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office

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The blistering demand came one day after Trump incited a crowd of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol.

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 11:04 AM

NBC News- Presumptive Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.

“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president," Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement on Thursday. "This president should not hold office one day longer."

Schumer joins a growing contingent of lawmakers from both parties to call for Trump's removal, either by using the 25th amendment or through impeachment.

“The quickest and most effective way — it can be done today — to remove this president from office would be for the vice president to immediately invoke the 25th amendment,” Schumer said. “If the vice president and the cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president,” he added.

Under a provision of the 25th Amendment, the vice president can invoke the the measure and declare Trump unfit for office, which could lead to his early removal.

The attack on the Capitol came after Trump spoke to the crowd, encouraging them to march to the building and saying, "you'll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong."

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