The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday night urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office for inciting a deadly riot on the U.S. Capitol last week.
Sources close to Pence said he was unlikely to make an effort to remove Trump from office, although he apparently did not rule it out. If he did, Pence and a majority in the Cabinet would have to vote to remove the president due to his inability to “carry out the powers and duties of office”. Three Cabinet officials resigned in the days following the attack.
The House also introduced an impeachment article against Trump on Monday for “inciting insurgency.”
Pro-Trump insurgents violated the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, after the president gave a speech urging supporters to go to Congress to prevent lawmakers from certifying his electoral defeat to Joe Biden.
Trump released an afternoon video of the attack in which he told rioters, “We love you, you are very special.” On Tuesday, in his first public appearance since the attack, he denied responsibility and falsely claimed that “people thought what I said was entirely appropriate”.
Hundreds of lawmakers and congressional staff were forced into lockdowns during the attack, which left five people dead.
Authorities also said they defused two bombs left at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee.
Federal investigators have started making arrests related to the attack on the Capitol. The FBI announced on Sunday that it had arrested two men who entered the Senate chamber with plastic ties, which officials say could have been used to hold hostages.
Accounts of the riot show that some members of the Mafia directed their vitriol at political opponents of Trump and Pence: Some chanted: “Hang Mike Pence!” as they stormed the Capitol, while others demanded to know where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) had been hiding.
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