WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has joined all of the state's entire Democratic Congressional members in calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove President Donald Trump from office or use Congress to impeach the president a second time in the wake of pro-Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Four people died during the insurrection.
Joining Inslee are Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with the 7 Democratic members of the House: Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Rep. Kim Schrier (WA-08), Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09), and Rep. Marilyn Strickland (WA-10).
The 25th Amendment allows for the president to be removed from office by the vice president and a majority of the cabinet
Inslee spoke Thursday morning during a preview of the legislative session hosted by The Associated Press. The Democrat called Trump the “cancer” at the heart of the insurrection at the nation's Capitol on Wednesday, and said he must be removed from office by any legal means necessary.
Sen. Murray said Trump must be held responsible.
"The insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol today should be held fully accountable for their actions under the law. So should the President," Sen. Murray said. "The most immediate way to ensure the President is prevented from causing further harm in coming days is to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office. As history watches, I urge Vice President Pence and the President’s cabinet to put country before party and act."
Sen. Cantwell said she would "support impeachment again for abusing power and attempting to interfere in the election results in Georgia. Promulgating misinformation as he did yesterday about our election system is a threat to our democracy. He is failing to uphold our Constitution. I would also support his cabinet in their measures to remove him from office.”
Rep. DelBene called Wednesday's events "one of the darkest days in American history."
"The President of the United States encouraged a violent mob to attack members of Congress to block the certification of the 2020 presidential election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris," DelBene said in a statement. "He failed to repudiate the violence he started and refused to activate security forces to protect the U.S. Capitol. Consequently, he violated his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. I couldn’t have imagined the violence and lawlessness I saw around the United States Capitol. For the good of the country, the 25th Amendment should be invoked to remove President Trump from office immediately.”
Larsen tweeted his support Wednesday evening, saying "Trump has lost it."
Kilmer said in a tweet, "the president is manifestly unfit for office" before calling for Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Jayapal urged Pence and the Cabinet to "put this country first and uphold their constitutional duty to invoke the 25th Amendment."
Rep. Smith said Trump "incited and encouraged this riot."
"He & his enablers are responsible for the despicable attack at the Capitol," Smith said in a Tweet. "VP Pence and the Cabinet should invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump, otherwise Senate Republicans must work with the House to impeach & remove him."
Rep. Strickland said Trump "has shown time and time again that he is not only unfit to serve, but also unstable. He represents the most pressing threat to our national security and democracy, even with only 13 days left in his term."
Rep. Schrier's statement said in part: "As long as he has a megaphone, he can incite the type of violence we saw (Wednesday) and embolden this dangerous, un-American behavior."
Other lawmakers from outside Washington are also calling for Trump's removal, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In a statement Thursday, Schumer said the attack on the Capitol "was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president." He added, "This president should not hold office one day longer."
Schumer said Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment and immediately remove Trump from office. He added, "If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president."