The removal of the current president is supported not only by Democrats but, according to media reports, also by a number of Republicans.
Representatives of the Democratic Party of the United States called on Vice President Michael Pence to take measures to remove President Donald Trump. In particular, he is asked to invoke the 25th amendment to the constitution. This was reported by a member of the House of Representatives David Cicilini on Twitter.
It is noted that Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee sent Pence a letter demanding that he invoke the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment requires the vice president to assume the presidency if a sitting president is removed or incapacitated. The amendment has never previously been invoked.
“For the sake of our democracy, we urge you to invoke the 25th Amendment and begin the process of removing President Trump from office,” the letter reads.
The document also states that Trump has incited his supporters to riot.
Meanwhile, the news portal Axios, citing sources in the Republican Party, reports that a number of party members, including former and current Trump administration officials and members of Congress, are ready to discuss possible scenarios for the removal of the president from power after the riots in Washington.
The reason for discussing such radical plans was the fear that Trump’s staying in power for another two weeks left before Joseph Biden’s inauguration could lead to more unrest and clashes. The aggravation of the confrontation would have a negative impact not only on the outgoing president but also on the Republican Party in general, according to its representatives.
As possible options, unnamed representatives of the Republicans call impeachment proceedings, but there is apparently not enough time for it. Another way to remove Trump could be to invoke the 25th Amendment. However, this path requires the support of Vice President Michael Pence.
Earlier it was reported that members of the government are discussing handing over power to Pence.
Meanwhile, Trump banned Vice President Pence’s chief of staff from the White House, saying that Pence “didn’t have the courage to do what needed to be done” to protect the constitution.