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King, Pingree say lawmakers should consider removing President Trump from office

Senator Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree have joined a number of other lawmakers asking for that in light of the insurrection Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
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Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 6:28 PM EST
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WASHINGTON D.C. - (WABI) -Two members of Maine’s congressional delegation are calling on Vice President Mike Pence to consider using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.

Senator Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree have joined a number of other lawmakers asking for that in light of the insurrection Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Angus King says, “President Trump’s fomenting of yesterday’s insurrection of the Capitol was a deeply disturbing abdication of his Constitutional obligations and raises serious concerns about the coming thirteen days. The 25th Amendment was added to our Constitution to address situations in which a president is incapacitated or otherwise unable to perform his or her duties. This clause is not up to Congress; it must be invoked by the Vice President and the President’s Cabinet. Taking this unprecedented step is a grave constitutional responsibility that should not be taken lightly; however, given the actions of the President over the last several days and concern about additional impulsive actions that could endanger the country between now and January 20th, I think this step is one that the Vice President and the Cabinet should consider. As they do so, they should weigh not only the current danger to the country but the consequences that may come to bear if they choose inaction.”

Pingree said in a video message on Thursday, “We need to remove this president, we need to have a new president, and our democracy needs to start over.”

Congresswoman Pingree announced she co-sponsored two separate house resolutions to remove President Trump from office.

She believes president trump is a danger to our democratic institutions.

In a statement, Pingree said, “President Trump fanned the flames of sedition and encouraged an act of domestic terrorism. He is a direct threat to our constitution. The Vice President and Cabinet must invoke the 25th Amendment and remove this dangerous president from office. If they fail to do that, Congress must step in and once again impeach this lawless president,” said Pingree. “Congress must act quickly to protect our democratic institutions, ensure the peaceful transition of power, and set the record straight that seditious conduct, no matter when it occurs during a presidency, is grounds for removal. I’m calling for leadership to immediately reconvene House members so we can reckon with the assault on our democracy that our nation witnessed in horror on January 6.”

One impeachment resolution is co-led by Reps. Cicilline, Raskin, and Lieu; the other is led by Rep. Ilhan Omar. Pingree also joined a letter led by Rep. Malinowski, calling for the House to immediately resume its legislative session. Full text of the letter can be found here.

Pingree has been outspoken about the acts which took place at the Capitol on January 6. She voted early this morning to fulfill her constitutional duty and certify Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.

This press release is available online here.

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