Connecticut delegation favors Trump’s removal from office after Capitol riot

Connecticut's congressional delegation is calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office, saying that he incited the riotous scene at the Capitol building on Wednesday.

News 12 Staff

Jan 8, 2021, 12:16 AM

Updated 1,264 days ago

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Connecticut's congressional delegation is calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office, saying that he incited the riotous scene at the Capitol building on Wednesday.
President Trump may only have 13 days left in office, but Rep. Jim Himes says it’s too dangerous for him to stay a minute longer.
"Not only is he incapable of performing his duties, but he is inciting insurrection,” he told News 12.
Rep. Himes is calling on Vice President Mike Pence and President Trump's Cabinet in invoke the 25th Amendment – when a president can be removed if they're incapacitated.
Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Jahana Hayes and John Larson are also calling for Trump's removal, as well Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal.
"The president of the United States should begin considering and consulting the Cabinet, because it takes a majority of the Cabinet…the president seems unfit to continue in office," says Sen. Blumenthal.
Sen. Murphy promised a full investigation into how the Capitol building was overrun so easily.
"If we can't defend the Capitol simply because we don't have enough individuals present to respond to thousands of protesters then we got to make some changes...very quickly," he says.
Sen. Murphy also wants to know why it took so long for the military to get to the Capitol. CNN reports that President Trump initially resisted sending in the National Guard.
Top congressional leaders are also calling for the 25th Amendment to be invoked, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Four people died, one in a fatal shooting inside the Capitol building, after rioters broke in and breached both the House and Senate chambers. Earlier in the day, President Trump invited the large crowd to march to the Capitol building as they counted electoral votes.
“You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength. You have to be strong,” he said.


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