WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) yesterday declared his support for Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump. He also urged Mike Pence and members of the U.S. Cabinet to utilize the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to remove the president from office as quickly as possible. His announcement comes hours after Trump incited a violent attempted coup by domestic terrorists at the United States Capitol today.
“Let’s be clear about what happened here. The President of the United States sent a mob of domestic terrorists down Pennsylvania Avenue to attack and take over the U.S. Capitol in order to stop the certification of an election that he lost badly,” Blumenauer said. “This man needs to be removed immediately and I am hopeful he will face further consequences for his actions.”
“The first public forum I had after Trump was elected was about the 25th Amendment and how we needed to use it,” Blumenauer added.
“It’s so distributing to me that we still need to advocate for this with just 14 days left in his term, but it’s no longer optional.”
The 25th Amendment, adopted more than 50 years ago in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination, provides a mechanism for the succession of the president for his or her replacement in the event he or she proves unfit to serve. Under the amendment, the vice president and a majority of either the Cabinet or some other body designated by Congress may remove the president from office.
Since Trump took office, Blumenauer has led the effort to clarify and strengthen the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
He was also one of the earliest Members of Congress to call for Trump’s successful impeachment last year. Blumenauer’s latest announcement again makes him one of the first national figures to call for impeachment in the wake of today’s violent attack on the U.S. Capitol.