Michigan lawmakers call on Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office

Officials blame Trump’s rhetoric, false election claims for violent Capitol insurrection

FILE - President-elect Donald Trump, left, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence acknowledge the crowd during the first stop of his post-election tour, in Cincinnati on Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) (John Minchillo, AP)

The chaos at the Capitol in Washington has forced political leaders to more closely scrutinize President Trump and the role his rhetoric has played in Wednesday’s violent riots -- and if he is fit to remain in office, even if his term expires in just 13 days.

The American votes that declare Joe Biden as the nation’s next president have been certified at local, state and national levels. Members of Congress were meeting on Jan. 6 to count and approve those certifications, the final step in affirming Biden’s title as President-elect.

As representatives convened in Washington Wednesday, so, too, did pro-Trump rioters. A large group of extremists -- some armed -- stormed the nation’s Capitol buildings in a bid to challenge Biden’s victory, forcing lawmakers to flee in search of safety. As of Wednesday evening, the Associated Press reports that four people died during the chaos; one woman was shot inside the Capitol.

Though clear to many before, lawmakers, TV pundits and Americans alike agreed that Trump’s spewing of false election claims and encouragement of violence and defiance contributes to dangerous behaviors like those seen Jan. 6.

Read: Experts: Capitol riot product of years of hateful rhetoric

In response, lawmakers are calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Michigan lawmakers have joined representatives around the country in asking Pence to invoke the amendment and assume Trump’s duties as president for the remainder of his term.

Learn more: What is the 25th Amendment and how does it work?

Michigan Rep. Andy Levin, Michigan’s 9th District

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Michigan’s 14th District

Rep. Haley Stevens, Michigan’s 11th District

Rep. Dan Kildee, Michigan’s 5th District

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (sort of), Michigan’s 13th District

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, from Massachusetts

Led by: Congressman David Cicilline, from Rhode Island

Speaker of the U.S. House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, from California, previously introduced legislation in October requesting Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. The legislation did not move forward, but the effort was seen as a tool to stoke questions about Trump’s fitness.

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