"...all of us should do some soul-searching about 5 dead Americans, a Capitol police officer who's dead, dozens of people wounded, lots of of Capitol Hill cops in the hospitals, and our country on edge," Rep. Raskin said.
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote later on Tuesday on a resolution calling on Pence, a Republican, to invoke the 25th Amendment, a never-before used law that allows a majority of the Cabinet to strip the president of power if he or she is unable to discharge the office's duties.
JIM MCGOVERN: But I'm not asking about the process. I'm asking you to make a statement that the election was not stolen, that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won fair and square. That's the question.
JIM JORDAN: I'm--
JIM MCGOVERN: I-- need the commentary before the--
JIM JORDAN: No, the question-- no, the question you asked me was, is Joe Biden the vice president-- is Vice President Joe--
JIM MCGOVERN: Fine, I just repeated--
JIM JORDAN: And I said, yes, of course, he is.
JIM MCGOVERN: You just repeated the question. So Joe Biden won fair and square?
JIM JORDAN: He won the election because the way the process works is the last chance to object is January 6, and--
JIM MCGOVERN: [INAUDIBLE] If we want to talk about--
JIM JORDAN: The objection didn't prevail.
JIM MCGOVERN: If we want to talk about healing, we have to talk about truth. And if we want to talk about healing, we also need to deal with the issue of accountability. And what this president incited last Wednesday is unforgivable and unconscionable.
- The point our colleague from Ohio makes about Article two section one was raised by Trump's campaign team in numerous courts across the country, where it faced the same massive, decisive repudiation by Trump's own appointees, by Republican judges, by Democratic judges. It is ridiculous and empty.
Mr. Jordan is correct. They had an argument. It is a ridiculous and silly argument.
And this is a point of common sense, and I want America here to follow the great Tom Paine. Use your common sense. That argument was made, and it helped to delay the proceedings. And then this mob comes in, and there's at least one call from the president during the mayhem and the chaos to a Senator, telling him to keep the objections going and to prolong the process.
So I just disagree profoundly with the substance of that argument. Every court in the land that looked at it has rejected it. The state legislatures don't buy it. It's fine that Mr. Jordan wants to go back to it, but I think all of us should do some soul searching about five dead Americans, a Capitol Police officer who's dead, dozens of people wounded, lots of our Capitol Hill cops in the hospitals, and a country on edge and an inflamed right wing, which thinks that we are on the verge of a Civil War.
Now, come on, guys. Can we get it together to act as a Rules Committee together, as a Congress, to tell the vice president simply to acknowledge what's obvious, which is this president is not up to the job for the next eight days and a lot of danger still faces us? That's my perspective on that.