Trump should ‘go away as quickly as attainable’, says Republican senator | Politics Information
A second Republican Senator in the United States has called on Donald Trump to resign after a deadly riot this week overrun the Washington DC Capitol in a deadly riot.
In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press news program on Sunday, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey said Trump should resign for the good of the country.
“I think the best way for our country is for the president to resign and leave as soon as possible,” he said.
Toomey said the president’s resignation was the “best way forward, the best way to get this person in the rearview mirror for us,” but added that he didn’t think Trump would step down until his term expires on Jan. 20 would.
He also said the president’s role in promoting the insurrection was a “criminal offense”.
US Senator Pat Toomey said Donald Trump’s role in promoting the uprising on Capitol Hill was a “criminal offense”. [File: Sarah Silbiger/Pool via Reuters]The momentum has increased among Democratic lawmakers to indict Trump for inciting the Capitol rioters on Jan. 6. Five people, including a Washington, DC police officer, died in the incident and dozens of suspected participants were arrested.
Democrats said they plan to introduce an impeachment article in the US House of Representatives on Monday over the insurgency.
The impeachment article accuses Trump of “engaging in high crimes and misdemeanors by deliberately inciting violence against the United States government,” according to a copy by US Representative Ted Lieu posted on Twitter on Friday.
Lieu said on Sunday that 195 lawmakers supported the impeachment article.
A day earlier, the California Democrat asked the New York State Bar Association to investigate Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, for his involvement in the violent uprising on Capitol Hill.
“Giulianli [sic] must be excluded and held accountable, ”tweeted Lieu.
We urge @NYSBA to investigate @POTUS attorney @RudyGiulianli for his involvement in the violent Capitol Hill riot that killed five people, including an @uscapitol police officer. Giulianli must be expelled and held accountable. Our letter with @RepJones ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/bH1N9U0769
– Ted Lieu MP (@RepTedLieu) January 9, 2021
Also on Sunday, Jim Clyburn, the whip of the house majority, said the Congress Chamber could vote this week to indict Trump but postpone submitting the laws to the U.S. Senate until many of Joe Biden’s appointed cabinet secretaries are confirmed for their posts .
Clyburn said he was concerned that a Senate trial could distract from the process of confirming Biden’s candidates. “It may be Tuesday or Wednesday before action is taken, but I think action will be taken this week,” he told CNN’s State of the Union newscast.
While the impeachment is largely supported by Democrats, Republican Senator Ben Sasse, who has regularly criticized Trump, told CBS News that he would “definitely consider” impeachment because the president “disregards his oath”.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said Friday that Trump should resign immediately and suggested that she would consider leaving the party if she does not distance herself from him.
Meanwhile, Representative Adam Kinzinger, another Republican, urged Trump to step down on Sunday, and Vice President Mike Pence to exercise the 25th amendment if he refused.
The 25th amendment deals with situations where a president cannot do the job but does not voluntarily resign. Section 4 would require Pence and the majority of Trump’s cabinet to declare Trump incapable of performing his presidential duties and removing him.
Protesters at a ‘Get him out! defend the democracy rally in Brooklyn, New York, the day after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol [Jeenah Moon/Reuters]However, according to an adviser, Pence has opposed the idea of appealing the 25th Amendment while the Republican leadership has asked the Democratic-controlled House not to initiate impeachment proceedings.
Should Trump be indicted by the House of Representatives and convicted by the Senate, he could also be prevented from running for the presidency again in 2024 or from ever holding public office again. He would be the only president to be tried twice.
However, the likelihood that Trump will actually be removed before January 20 when Biden is sworn in remains slim.
Trump has said he has no plans to attend Biden’s inauguration – a decision the US president-elect hailed as “a good thing” last week. A senior Trump administration official said Saturday that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will be in attendance.