Wyden reaffirms call for Trump to be removed
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden repeated his call for President Donald Trump to be removed from office either by his Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment or Congress impeaching him again during a Jan. 9 news conference.
"Trump is a threat every day that he is at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Period," the Oregon Democrat said.
Wyden laid out what it would take for a removal to happen — whether it be the 25th Amendment or impeachment — and said there is bipartisan support for both options.
While articles of impeachment are slated to be introduced Monday, Jan. 11, Wyden has aggressively called for Trump's Cabinet to declare him unfit for office through the 25th Amendment. That would allow Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of the Cabinet to remove him.
Wyden also has called for the resignations of Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Michigan, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, both of whom challenged the Electoral College results that certified Joseph Biden won the election.
A mob of violent protesters made its way into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 during the Electoral College count, forcing police to evacuate lawmakers and delaying the constitutional process to affirm Biden's general election victory.
That day Wyden tweeted, "What's happening today in our nation's Capitol is a direct assault on democracy, a riot by insurrectionists that caps off four years of Donald Trump fanning the flames of fanaticism. Every Republican lawmaker who supported his efforts to overturn a legitimate election shares responsibility for the violence at the heart of our democracy."
Wyden also tweeted: "All Americans must be able to elect House and Senate members safe in the knowledge that their views will be represented in civil debate here in Congress without mob rule ever squelching that discussion."
Wyden called on Cruz and Hawley to immediately resign then.
"Every member of the Senate takes a sacred oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Upholding that oath is a matter of conscience. The behavior of President Trump and Sens. Hawley and Cruz culminating in the assault on the seat of our democracy shocks that conscience," Wyden said.
"Any senator exhorting such an assault violates their sworn oath and is unworthy of holding federal office. There must be consequences for senators who would foment a violent mob for personal gain. I call on Sens. Hawley and Cruz to resign and accept the responsibility which they so clearly bear."
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their story with the complete Wyden interview is here.
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