On Thursday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham weighed in on invoking the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump after a group of protesters stormed the Capitol building.
Despite stating he didn’t think invoking the amendment would be “appropriate,” Graham did say “all options” were “on the table” in case “something else happens.”
“As to the 25th Amendment being invoked, I do not believe that’s appropriate at this point,” Graham said in a statement. “I’m looking for a peaceful transfer of power, I’m looking for the next 14 days to reset, and we will hand off power in a traditional sense.”
He then added: “If something else happens, all options would be on the table.”
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Graham, during his press conference with reporters, also said that some of the things Trump asked Vice President Mike Pence to do were “unconstitutional,” including rejecting a state’s Electoral College votes.
“In this debacle of the last week or so, there’s one person to me who stands out above all others, and that is Vice President Mike Pence,” Graham told reporters. “The things he was asked to do in the name of loyalty were over the top, unconstitutional.”
Despite Graham’s criticism of the president, Graham said he did not regret his four years supporting Trump.
Graham spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday night, saying, “enough is enough,” while explaining his decision to bow out of his previous decision to object to the Electoral College votes.
While Graham seems on the fence when it comes to going after President Trump, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer is all in.
On Thursday, Schumer called for President Trump to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment after protesters stormed the capitol building.
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer,” Schumer said.
“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. If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president,” he continued.
Check out what The Hill reported:
Talk of invoking the 25th Amendment has spiked since Wednesday, when rioters overran the Capitol, breaching both the House and Senate chambers and suspending the counting of President-elect Joe Biden‘s Electoral College win for hours. Congress reconvened on Wednesday night and formally finished tallying the win early Thursday morning.
Schumer is the highest-ranking Democrat to throw his support behind removing Trump from office with roughly two weeks left in his administration. Democratic lawmakers, outside groups and even GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) have thrown their support behind the idea.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not weighed in on removing Trump through the 25th Amendment in the wake of Wednesday’s violence.
A source confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday night that administration officials have started discussing the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, an extraordinary step that would require a majority of Cabinet officials plus Vice President Pence to declare to Congress that Trump is unable to fulfill his duties as president.
GOP Rep Adam Kinzinger also called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked
“It’s with a heavy heart I am calling for the sake of our Democracy that the 25th Amendment be invoked. My statement:” he said on Twitter with the following video.
According to CBS News, Trump Cabinet members were allegedly discussing invoking the 25th Amendment however it has not been brought forward to Vice President Mike Pence.
“This is not news that we deliver lightly and I want to make clear that what I am explaining here is what is being discussed, whispered about, among some cabinet members today,” CBS noted in their live broadcast. “And that is whether to move forward with formal proceedings to try to invoke the 25th Amendment. That would allow for the removal of President Trump from office and for Vice President Mike Pence to effectively become commander-in-chief for the remaining days of the Trump presidency. Uh, my sources are telling me it has not been formally presented to the Vice President. This is not about to happen, it is however being discussed right now. The very fact that the highest levels of the U.S. government and cabinet members are discussing this uh, is quite newsworthy, quite notable. Uh, and it underscores the moment that we are at. Uh, I just want to make clear this is not just political watchers, these are not just Democratic lawmakers who have been speculating all day that this should happen, I’m talking about actual members of the cabinet.”
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