Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a 60-minute interview on Sunday night that one of the motivating factors for some in President Trump’s new impeachment and removal efforts was to eliminate any chance of being re-elected.
Last week’s riot at the Capitol building in the United States quickly became one of the biggest challenges facing the Trump presidency. Democrats and some Republicans blame him for his overheated rhetoric, which led to unrest that led to five deaths and dozens of arrests.
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Leslie Stahl, the correspondent, mentioned some of the possible results for Trump and pointed out that there was a chance that he would somehow be able to leave office and run for president again.
Pelosi responded that the prospect of Trump running for president again was one of the motivations “that people have to stand up for impeachment.”
She said she prefers to use the 25th Amendment, “because she’s getting rid of it.”
“But there is strong support in Congress for the impeachment of the president for the second time,” she said. “This president is guilty of inciting an uprising. He has to pay a price for it.”
Pelosi described the president in a letter to colleagues as an “imminent threat” to both the US Constitution and democracy. In a letter Sunday, Pelosi said the House would act with “great solemnity”, leaving less than two weeks before Trump leaves office.
“By defending our constitution and our democracy, we will act urgently because this president poses an immediate threat to both,” she said. “The horror of this president’s ongoing attack on our democracy is intensifying, as is the immediate need for action.”
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The action of the House may begin immediately on Monday, when the pressure on Trump intensified to withdraw. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania has joined Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, urging Trump to “resign and leave as soon as possible.”
On Monday, Pelosi’s management team will request a vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet officials to refer to the 25th Amendment, with a full vote expected on Tuesday.
Pence and the cabinet will then have 24 hours to act before the House becomes impeachment.
Pelosi told 60 Minutes that nothing was off the table.
She also recalled the chaos in the Capitol when protesters broke into the building. She said she was on the podium on the floor of the House and the Capitol police pulled her aside. She said she told them she wanted to be there, and they said, “Well, no, you have to go.”
She said there were some, but eventually agreed.
Pelosi called the Capitol violation a “terrible violation” and blamed the president for his role.
The political aftermath of the uprising seemed to cast serious doubt on Trump’s future as Republican leader.
St. Lindsay Graham, a South Carolina Republican, addressed the Senate after the uprising last week, saying Trump was “the next” president for four years in office, “but today … count me. That’s enough.”
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But the president won seven million more votes than any other president in history last November. In early December, Trump told supporters at the White House holiday party that it was an “incredible four years.”
“We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise we will see each other in four years,” he said, according to two sources.
Bradford Betz, Paul Steinhauser and the Associated Press from Fox News