Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Democrat leaders for the House of Representatives and Senate respectively, have demanded Mr Trump’s immediate removal following the riots. The pair have called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment, which allows him to remove a President “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”.
Speaking in a press conference, Ms Pelosi blasted the President as a “dangerous man” and blamed him for the Capitol building riots.
She added: “A threshold was crossed of such magnitude that there is no way this president should be allowed to make any decision.”
The Representative leader then labelled Mr Trump as a “complete tool of Putin”, claiming he caused damage to American democracy.
Ms Pelosi also described the Washington protests as akin to a “banana republic” as “the president of the country turned on the people”.
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Mr Schumer spoke earlier yesterday urging Mr Pence to begin the process of invoking the 25th amendment.
He issued a statement which said: “The quickest and most effective way — it can be done today — to remove this president from office would be for the vice president to immediately invoke the 25th amendment.
“If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”
Also speaking in a press briefing the same day, Mr Schumer revealed he and Ms Pelosi had attempted to call the Vice President to invoke the amendment, but received no answer.
Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer added they are willing to start the processes of impeaching Mr Trump for a second time.
In January last year, the President was impeached by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Mr Trump was acquitted on both charges by the Senate in February, which was Republican-controlled at the time.
Only two other Presidents have been impeached, those being Bill Clinton in 1999 and Andrew Johnson in 1868.
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Other Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee stated they would be drawing up articles of impeachment in the wake of the Capitol protests.
Congressmen David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland, and Ted Lieu of California have drafted documents charging Mr Trump for abuse of power for the second time.
The Democrats draft impeachment articles state: “In his conduct of the office of the President of the United States … Donald J. Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanours by wilfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is the lead sponsor of the effort to impeach Mr Trump, after she tweeted for his removal from office shortly after the protests.
The President has been accused of inciting the protests, after he appeared at a Save America rally ahead of Congress attempting to certify the results of the US election.
Democrat Joe Biden has now been certified as the winner of the election by Congress, with 305 electoral college votes to Mr Trump’s 232.
Mr Trump has since released a statement which said: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted.
“While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.”
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