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Discussions underway to invoke 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office

Some US Cabinet members are holding preliminary discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment to force President Trump’s removal from office, a Republican source told CNN.

The discussions are ongoing but it’s unclear if there will be enough Cabinet members to result in Trump’s removal.

The conversations have reached Capitol Hill where some senators have been made aware of the discussions, the source said.

Democrat Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, and Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott issued public statements calling for Trump’s removal as a matter of public safety. Some have called for immediate impeachment proceedings while others suggest invoking the emergency protections of the 25th amendment.

“There is no question in my mind that his efforts to encourage a coup represent high treason to this democracy, our Constitution and all Americans. He poses a danger to our nation,” Pritzker said in a statement. “This violence is the natural conclusion of Donald Trump’s efforts to unleash the forces of hate and divide our nation. It must end.”

Jay Timmons, head of the National Association of Manufacturers trade group, urged Vice President Mike Pence, who was wrapped up in Wednesday’s drama as Trump publicly urged him to impede the certification process, to “seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy”.

Meanwhile, members of the House Judiciary Committee are also urging Vice President Mike Pence and members from Trump’s Cabinet to invoke the amendment, according to a statement released Wednesday night by the committee members.

“Even in his video announcement this afternoon, President Trump revealed that he is not mentally sound and is still unable to process and accept the results of the 2020 election,” the statement said.

Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

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