If Pelosi Calls Congress Back Into Session…

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Skinny-D)

…then I’ll believe this is something other than positioning:

Pelosi and Schumer call for Trump’s immediate removal from office

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called for Vice President Mike Pence and members of President Trump’s Cabinet to remove him from office via the 25th Amendment.

Why it matters: It’s a drastic demand by Democratic leadership, underscoring the severity of the situation after the insurrection at the Capitol on Wednesday. Some confidants and Republican officials have privately consider invoking the 25th Amendment, which has long been dismissed as a liberal fantasy.

  • Schumer said that if the Cabinet does not exercise the 25th Amendment, Congress should reconvene to impeach and remove Trump. Pelosi said the House may consider that option. No president has ever been impeached twice.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), a frequent critic of the president, became the first Republican in Congress to call for the 25th Amendment to be invoked on Thursday.

Where it stands: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) shared a screenshot of articles of impeachment that she said had “already been drafted” by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and “are ready for introduction.” More “members are signing on,” she said.

What they’re saying: “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 in a statement.

  • “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 said.
  • “If the vice president and Cabinet do not act, Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment. That is the overwhelming sentiment of my caucus and the American people, by the way,” Pelosi said, denouncing the siege of the Capitol as “acts of sedition and acts of cowardice.”

Of note: Congress is out of session until Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

And my cynical inner-voice says, “And Pence will pardon him.”

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14 Responses to If Pelosi Calls Congress Back Into Session…

  1. sos says:

    I suspect this is why Chao resigned, so as not to be forced to concur with the 25th. (are there any other real cabinet secretaries left)? Can “acting” do the deed?

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  2. artahzen says:

    Call me an optimist, but I think Pence will not pardon the twitwaffle. I think he sees finally that no good can come of it and much harm may follow it. Last month, even last week, maybe even yesterday morning, I felt different but today is a new day, another day to make a better decision, man up, and let justice take its course. Pence had to take the lead to help avoid further rioting by authorizing the NG and has been burned by Hair Fuehrer for it, so why should he sully himself further? There is no doubt I could be spectacularly wrong but I’ll go with it for now.

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  3. donnah says:

    I dunno about Trump relying on Pence. Face it, Trump was already bashing Pence for not doing something to flip the votes for his re-election, even though Pence could no more do that than I could. And then Trump left his lil Buddy in the middle of the Capitol during the start of the Insurrection. And if Trump gets suspended away from power, Pence gets control.

    We shall see.

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  4. Sirius Lunacy says:

    And Trump can’t run off to play golf in Scotland:

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  5. Perturbation says:

    This is insanity. I read an article today about the chatter in the cabinet about the 25th Amendment and some of them are saying maybe they should wait and do it if he tries it again. Some of the people who stormed the Senate chamber were carrying zip ties — they were there to take hostages, or worse. So Trump sent them there to murder Pence and McConnell and Pelosi and anyone else they could get their hands on but it was unsuccessful, and we’re going to wait until he is successful? Or maybe wait til he nukes Georgia during some late night rage over being banned from Facebook and Twitter?

    Yes, urge Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment AND call the House back into session to begin the impeachment process now. TICK TOCK, people.

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  6. MDavis says:

    I really wish Cohen had been right about LDN’s next move. He went to Florida. shoulda stayed there.

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    • Karla says:

      He had to be in DC to prepare for his adoring crowd to adore him. After he went to GA for his adoring crowd to get bored adore him.

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      • MDavis says:

        I blame melania. She didn’t gild up his trash palace enough for him.
        I’d blame trump but it’s kind of like blaming an alligator for living in the swamp.

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  8. roket says:

    The clock is ticking and he’s running out of time to resign like a normal corrupt preznint. If he doesn’t resign he’ll have to go with the ‘Pardon Thyself’ option. That is when we will discover what a packed court thinks about how much absolute power a unitary executive should possess. Coincidently following an attempted coup. Good times. Good times.

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  9. CalicoJack says:

    Howdy y’all!

    Trump is a narcissist. Losing has been a severe narcissistic wound in which all who helped cause it must all be destroyed. He blames the GOP, the MAGA nation, Biden, the Dems, and, now, Pence. He sent the MAGA crowd off to the Capitol Building not knowing what they would do — To the extent that any of their actions were organized, they were organized by people outside of Trump’s orbit — but hoping that it would be just what it is was. It would’ve been perfect had the rioters gotten hold of Pence, Pelosi, Schumer, and the other RINOs. In other words, he was targeting Pence.

    Pence had told him that he couldn’t over turn the election, and Trump was angry at him. He would’ve been okay had they killed Pence or any of the others.

    He will continue sabotaging #BidenHarris, but also, damaging the nation in any way possible including encouraging more rioting and insurrection.

    The only saving grace is that we’re seeing the extent of his organizational abilities. This was the best he could do in terms of organizing a revolution. Armed insurrection is a steep learning curve, so none of the Proud Boys, the militias, or any of his other followers is quite sure how to do it. The bad news is that they are learning.

    Huzzah!
    Jack

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