With less than two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office, it seems the wheels might finally be coming off the Trump administration.
In 24 hours, Congress reconvened in a Capitol breached and battered by a pro-Trump mob, formalized Mr. Biden’s victory over the objections of more than 100 Republican lawmakers and found itself on the brink of impeaching President Trump a second time.
"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."
This comes after a bipartisan group of senators the day before condemned the violent Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier in the day.
"Mr. President, when I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes. However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider, and I cannot now, in good conscience, object to the certification of these electors. The violence, the lawlessness, and the siege of the halls of Congress are abhorrent and stand as a direct attack on the very institution I objected"
"Our democracy is wounded, and I saw it when I saw pictures of yet another insurgency, of a flag of another group of Americans who tried to challenge our nation. I saw the flag of the Confederacy there. What will we do? How will we confront this shame? How will we confront this dark second time in American history?"
"Trump and I, we've had a hell of a journey. I hate it this way. Oh my God, I hate it. From my point of view, he's been a consequential president but today, first thing you'll see. All I can say is count me out. Enough is enough. I've tried to be helpful. () Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the president and the vice president of the United States on January the 20th."
What's been described "one of the darkest days"in American history and its ramifications.
Let's go in-depth.
Joining us live in the studio is Mason Richey, Associate Professor of Political Science at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
First, let's talk about these mobs, these rioters. Who are they? Are they extremely loyal Trump supporters, or of the militia or extremist groups like Proud Boys? What unfolded before our eyes inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6th -- the rest of the world watched the once-unimaginable scenes unfolding in Washington with dismay and disbelief. What happened? How could this have happened?
Even some of Mr. Trump's most vocal admirers have distanced themselves from the violence; bipartisan group of senators have condemned the pro-Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol with violence. What kind of an impact do you think this event will have? Could it in the least bit serve as a unifying force for a highly divided country?
Top Democratic leaders, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, called for immediate impeachment proceedings if Vice President Mike Pence and Trump's Cabinet refused to take steps to remove Trump from power, that is to invoke the 25th Amendment. First of all, explain to us about the 25th Amendment and why Vice President Mike Pence is refusing to invoke this.
So, then, can Donald Trump be impeached? President Trump only has less than two weeks left in office anyways. Is it worth impeaching him?
World leaders have responded to this assault on democracy.
While democratic states have expressed fury, sadness and concern, non-democratic states like Iran have called out the "fragility of Western democracy".
How do you see this Capitol attack, and perhaps other parts of the Trump presidency, to reflect on governments around the world?
Taking a quick look at where Donald Trump stands he leaves the White House in 12 days
He has yet to concede to the election and its results
He himself has yet to condemn the Capitol riot Trump's social media accounts have been suspended
Trump has pledged to an "orderly" transfer of power, come Inauguration Day
But it was his repeated false claims about the election that's incited this mob storm
and him asking his supporters to march towards the Capitol in protest. Not only did they breach the building, but they made it all the way to the Senate floor.
Washington DC's top prosecutor has not ruled out the possibility that Trump himself could be investigated over the Capitol riot.
What does this say for an outgoing U.S. president?
What do you believe will be done in Washington's political circles in the next few weeks and months?
Mason Richey, Associate Professor of Political Science at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, many thanks as always for your insights. We appreciate it.