Thursday, January 07, 2021
After storming the Capitol
The US administration is considering Trump’s deposition
The Republicans supported US President Trump for four years. The storm on the Capitol made some think again. The US government is even considering removing Trump. Meanwhile, he’s hiding in the White House.
Several US media reports that government officials in Washington are debating whether President Donald Trump can be removed from office before his successor Joe Biden is inaugurated.
The Washington Post reported that “high-ranking government officials” spoke on Wednesday evening about whether the cabinet could remove Trump from office on the basis of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution. The newspaper cites a source who is involved in the discussions. Another person told the Washington Post, however, that these discussions are “informal” and that there is no indication of an imminent plan.
CNN reports that “a growing number” of top Republican politicians and cabinet officials believe Trump should be ousted before January 20, the day of Biden’s inauguration. Some cabinet members had “preliminary talks” to activate the 25th Amendment.
The news site “The Hill” writes that it is not yet clear whether this discussion has already reached the level of cabinet members. Vice President Mike Pence was not involved in the discussions.
The impeachment of a US president would be an unprecedented step. According to the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, a president can be removed from office if the vice-president and a majority in the cabinet consider that the latter is incapable of exercising his office. The Vice President can also initiate the removal together with a majority of a congressional body. Another possibility would be to re-initiate an impeachment procedure.
Bad mood in the White House
The Washington Post described Trump’s behavior as a “monster” by a government official. Another said the situation was “insane” and “beyond all borders”.
Several White House officials appear to be considering resigning, including Assistant Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. O’Brien did not comment publicly, he did tweeted but that he had spoken to Vice President Pence that he was a “really fine and decent person”. Pence showed courage in Congress when he refused to carry out Trump’s request and reject the votes of the electorate.
The counting of the electoral votes in Congress forms the background for the storming of the Capitol, where the two chambers – Senate and House of Representatives – are housed. Republican MPs and Senators wanted to appeal the election results from some states. Usually this is only a symbolic act, but Trump had asked the Republicans to prevent Biden from being confirmed as the election winner.
According to the Post, people who saw Trump on Wednesday said he was in an unstable state. He hid in the White House that afternoon and only listens to a few loyal employees. “He’s got a bunker mentality now, really,” a close adviser to Trump told the newspaper.