January 19, 2021
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All The Republicans Calling For Trump’s Removal After The Capitol Attack

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Topline

A growing number of Republicans are calling for President Donald Trump’s removal or resignation in the wake of a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters as Democrats move forward with an impeachment effort.

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Key Facts

Sen Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Friday she attributes the violence at the Capitol to Trump, and that, “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” even hinting at a defection from the GOP if it continues in its current pro-Trump direction.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said in a CBS News interview Friday he “will definitely consider whatever articles [of impeachment]” pass the House of Representatives because Trump has “disregarded his oath of office.”

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said in a radio interview Friday that Trump should “effectively resign” and “technically [find] a way to hand over the keys to Pence,” while stopping short of advocating his impeachment.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), an outspoken critic of Trump’s election conspiracy theories, was the first GOP member of Congress to call for Trump’s removal on Thursday, calling Trump “unfit” and “unwell” and urging Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to remove him through the 25th Amendment.

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) said Thursday he “would not oppose” the Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment, adding that Trump should be “held accountable” for his role in the attack.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said during a press conference on Thursday: “I think there’s no question that America would be better off if the president would resign or be removed from office.”

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott tweeted on Wednesday, shortly after the attack: “Enough is enough. President Trump should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet, or by the Congress.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, during a press conference Thursday, advocated any method for getting Trump to “step down” and Pence to “assume the powers of the office for the next 14 days.”

Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said in a CNN interview Thursday that, if he were still in the Cabinet, he would vote to remove Trump from office if Pence invoked the 25th Amendment.

Former White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah said during a CNN interview Friday that Trump should “seriously consider” resigning and that she would feel safer with Pence as president.

Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) told Forbes he believes Trump should be removed through the 25th Amendment.

Key Background

A mob of Trump supporters charged law enforcement and stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as lawmakers attempted to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory after Trump told them to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell.” The incident resulted in significant property damage and theft as well as at least five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer.

Tangent

The lawmakers regrouped later Wednesday night and, on Thursday morning, counted the remainder of the electoral votes, affirming Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the winner and prompting Trump to concede.

Chief Critic

“A politically motivated impeachment against a President with 12 days remaining in his term will only serve to further divide our great country,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere told Forbes in a statement on Friday.

Surprising Fact

Two anonymous Republican lawmakers who are “former Trump allies” told CNN that they would support impeachment proceedings. One of them reportedly said, “I think you will have GOP members vote for impeachment.”

What To Watch For

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have called on Trump to resign or for the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment. However, with Pence’s reported opposition to such a move, they are now taking steps to pursue impeachment – almost uniformly backed by Democrats in Congress – with proceedings reportedly poised to begin as soon as Monday.