President Donald Trump faces being impeached for a second time in his tenure as Democrats seek routes to strip his powers early with calls for the 25th Amendment to be used seemingly hitting a dead end.
Vice President Mike Pence has been pressed to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to have Trump’s presidential powers stripped, with him then to become acting president for the remainder of the tenure.
Democrat figureheads House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called Pence on Thursday morning to discuss this point, though they did not speak to him and in a recent statement said he had not been in touch with them.
“The President’s dangerous and seditious acts necessitate his immediate removal from office,” the pair said in a joint statement. “We look forward to hearing from the Vice President as soon as possible and to receiving a positive answer as to whether he and the Cabinet will honor their oath to the Constitution and the American people.”
The 25th Amendment route would require Pence’s cooperation. With this potentially not forthcoming, lawmakers have drafted articles of impeachment as another potential means of ousting the president.
In an earlier statement, Schumer said: “If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”
Pelosi similarly said Congress “may be prepared to move forward with impeachment,” should the Vice President and Cabinet not invoke the 25th Amendment.
Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) have drafted articles of impeachment. Lieu on Thursday night said there were 112 members of the House as cosponsors.
“We just had two more Members sign on, bringing the total to 112 Members who are cosponsors of the Articles of Impeachment drafted by Rep @davidcicilline, @RepRaskin & me,” Lieu said in comments shared on Twitter. “We urge @realDonaldTrump to resign to spare himself from being impeached twice, by two separate Congresses.”
The resolution cites Trump’s interaction with the rally in Washington, D.C. on January 6. They suggest his statements encouraged the chaos that then unfolded, as supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.