Pelosi calls for using 25th Amendment on Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump should immediately be removed from office or Congress may proceed to impeach him. (Jan. 7)

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NANCY PELOSI: Good afternoon. I don't know if the word "good" is a way to describe it, because yesterday the President of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America. The gleeful desiccation of the US Capitol, which is the temple of our American democracy, and the violence targeting Congress are horrors that will forever stain our nation's history, instigated by the President of the United States. That's why it's such a stain.

In calling for this seditious act, president has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation and our people. I join the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the vice president to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th Amendment. If the vice president and cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment. That is the overwhelming sentiment of my caucus.

Justice will be done to those who carried out these acts, which were acts of sedition and acts of cowardice. To those whose purpose was to deter a responsibility, you have failed. You did not divert the Congress from our solemn constitutional purpose, to validate the overwhelming election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president of the United States.

Despite the desecration of our capital, we upheld, in front of the country and the world, the bedrock principle that the people are sovereign and that they hold the power to choose their leaders through the ballot, rejecting this attempted coup on the part of President Trump and his supporters.