Capitol Cliff Notes

Capitol Cliff Notes

The House will take the first steps today to try to remove President Trump from office after last week’s deadly riot at the Capitol. 


Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a resolution will be introduced today calling that calls on Vice President Pence to move to activate the 25th Amendment.  A majority of the Cabinet would have to sign on to the idea that Trump is incapable of executing his duties, making Pence acting President. 

Pelosi said if Pence doesn’t respond within a day of the House passing the resolution, she’ll move forward with bringing articles of impeachment to the House floor.

What about the American people?

A new poll reports more than half of Americans believe President Trump should be removed from office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.  The ABC News/Ipsos poll published Sunday found that 56-percent of people surveyed support Trump being removed before Inauguration Day and 67-percent blame him for the attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

But not everyone agrees, we will show you different sides so you can decide.

One of Wisconsin’s Republican congressmen says pushing President Trump out of office will not heal the country. Congressman Mike Gallagher was on UPFRONT over the weekend. He said the country is barely being held together right now, and he added that impeaching President Trump or pushing for the 25th Amendment will only make things worse.

Gallagher has been clear since last week’s chaos at the Capitol that President Trump is to blame, but Gallagher said the country needs to come together at this moment in history.

A Republican Congressman says impeaching President Trump isn’t the right move right now.

On ABC’s This Week, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois described the deadly violence at the Capitol as an attack from the executive branch on the legislative branch.  Kinzinger noted that the nation was really close to having members of Congress killed.  Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and made it into many places including the Senate chamber. 

Members of Congress had to be evacuated when thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as lawmakers were certifying Biden’s electoral victory last Wednesday.  Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer.

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