Chuck Schumer Joins Call for Trump's 'Immediate' Removal

Rep. Ilhan Omar released her drafted articles of impeachment Thursday morning

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New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer joined the calls for President Donald Trump to be removed from office Thursday, either through invocation of the 25th Amendment or a second impeachment. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a fellow Democrat, produced articles of impeachment Thursday, as well.

“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,” he tweeted, calling on Vice President Mike Pence to act. “If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress must reconvene to impeach President Trump.”

Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, explained his reasoning by citing Wednesday’s violent riots in the Capitol, carried out by a group of Trump’s supporters: “What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by President Trump. This president must not hold office one day longer.”

Following Wednesday’s unprecedented rioting, a growing number of people, both Democrats and Republicans, began calling for the president to be removed from office.

Other Democrats publicly calling for Trump to be removed included Florida Rep. Charlie Crist; Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath; Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton; Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline; California Rep Ted Lieu; Pennsylvania Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon; Massachusetts Representatives Seth Moulton, Bill Keating, Jake Auchincloss, Lori Trahan, and Jim McGovern; Sen. Ed Markey; and 17 members of the House judiciary committee.

While the calls have mainly come from Democratic circles, even prominent Republicans are beginning to demand Trump leave office two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. Most notably, Vermont’s Republican Governor Phil Scott has demanded Trump either resign or be removed by force from the presidency.

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