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President Trump faces removal threats following Capitol break-in Updated: 2021-01-08 15:01:09 KST

One day after the historic break-in at the Capitol and 12 days before the end of his term, President Trump is facing the threat of being removed from office.

"He may have only 13 days left as president, but yesterday demonstrated that each and every one of those days is a threat to democracy so long as he is in power."

"I join the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the Vice President to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th Amendment. If the vice president and cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment."

Invoking the 25th Amendment involves the Vice President and Cabinet majority asking for Congress' approval in removing the current president for being unfit to serve.
While it's highly unlikely for Mike Pence to initiate the process, some say he does have legal grounds to do so.

"Protecting the members of Congress, with force if necessary, seems like the most basic function of the president, and his refusal to order out the National Guard for some time, and the fact that Pence actually had to be the one to do so is evidence that he is failing at the very most basic job that is entrusted to the president."

The 25th Amendment has never been used to remove a sitting president who is healthy.
Other experts say that its purpose is not to takedown a president who is "unpopular" or has "failed".
Amid the growing number of calls for his removal, President Trump addressed the public, condemning the attack, and said that he deployed the National Guard.

"a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation."

The aftermath seems to be tough for the President with some of his aides and two cabinet members resigning in response.
While he's spent the last two months trying to overturn the election, the next two weeks might be about saving what's left of his term.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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