January 7th, local time, supporters of US President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, causing a great uproar.
It is reported that Trump’s cabinet members discussed invoking the 25th amendment to the Constitution to recall Trump, and U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin also participated in the discussion.
According to a report by the U.S. Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) on January 7 local time, three people familiar with the matter said that Pompeo and Mnuchin held informal conversations on the 25th Amendment to the Constitution in their respective departments.
A current senior government official also said that although Pompeo himself was unwilling to lead the operation personally, he may have been collecting information to prepare for cabinet discussions on related issues.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that if a majority of officials of the federal government cabinet believe that the President “is unable to perform the powers and duties of his duties”, a procedure will be initiated to deprive the President of power and replace him by the Vice President.
This procedure is quite complicated and ultimately requires a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress, which has not yet been successful in American history.
According to the above three sources, there are at least three objections to the use of the amendment to remove Trump: it will take at least a week to start the removal process; whether the three acting government ministers who are not confirmed by the Senate can vote is still to be determined; the forced removal of Trump may consolidate his fundamentals and let him Becoming a far-right “hero” has a longer-term negative impact.
According to a report by the Hill on the 6th, Pompeo condemned the riots that occurred in and around the Capitol that day and called for the punishment of the riot participants.
He tweeted on the 6th that the congressional riots were “unacceptable” and that “unscene and riots are always unacceptable here and around the world.” He also said that violence “is intolerable at home and abroad” and that “criminals” involved in the riots should be severely punished and “justiced”.
On January 6th local time, the U.S. Congress counted the electoral votes of the presidential election. Many Trump supporters protested. Some protesters rushed into the Capitol and clashed with the police.
According to local police, at least five people died in the riots.