Nearly every member of U.S. congressional delegation from Massachusetts is calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol Wednesday in a brazen bid to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Placing blame for the riot squarely on Trump, every member of the delegation except Rep. Stephen Lynch publicly called for Trump to be removed either by the 25th Amendment or impeachment.
Calling the situation "dangerous & unacceptable," Rep. Ayanna Pressley said impeachment should happen immediately.
Rep. Lori Trahan added: "I do believe the cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office. And if they’re too cowardly to do that and stand up to him, congress should move forward with articles of impeachment immediately.”
Moulton echoed the call, saying the riots amounted to an insurrection.
On Twitter, Lynch underscored the importance of the Congress, certifying President-elect Joe Biden's win, but fell short of calling for Trump's removal.
The calls come as some within the president’s own administration have had informal discussions about potentially invoking the 25th Amendment, according to NBC News.
Under the 25th Amendment, it would take both Vice President Mike Pence and the majority of the cabinet to declare the president unfit.
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Congress could also remove the president through impeachment if a there’s a majority vote in the House of Representatives. The senate would then also have to hold a trial and convict him in order for that to happen.
All this has happened as the country is less than two weeks away from President-Elect Joe Biden being sworn in as the next president.
Early Thursday, Congress finished counting the Electoral College votes and confirmed Biden’s win, despite objections from Republicans to election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Other calls for Trump's removal from Massachusetts lawmakers: