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Several Michigan lawmakers call for President Trump to be removed by 25th Amendment

Posted at 6:01 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 06:12:37-05

Several Michigan lawmakers are calling for President Trump's cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office after violent protests at the Capitol Building on Wednesday afternoon.

Related: Reports: Cabinet members talk about invoking the 25th amendment. How the process works

Speaking to WXYZ, Rep. Andy Levin from Michigan's 9th Congressional District said Trump should be removed. "I think we need to invoke the 25th Amendment," Levin said. "I think his time is up. He abdicated the role of the presidency today; first of all, he unleashed a mob to disrupt democracy."

Three other Democratic representatives who represent Southeast Michigan are calling for Trump to be removed.

"I encourage those with the authority to invoke the 25th Amendment to exercise that power," Rep. Haley Stevens from Michigan's 11th Congressional District tweeted on Wednesday night. "This President must be removed to preserve our democracy and protect our national security. I continue to pray for all Americans tonight."

Rep. Brenda Lawrence from the 14th District also tweeted a statement. "I cannot fulfill my duties as a Member of Congress if I do not stand up and call for the removal of Donald Trump from office to save our country. The Vice President and Cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment, or Congress should impeach and remove the President," she tweeted. "Our country is in danger with Trump as President. It’s the responsibility of this Congress to protect the people of this great country and the Constitution."

Rep. Rashida Tlaib joined in, saying that Trump should be impeached and removed. "This is on Donald Trump, period," she tweeted. "He called folks to D.C. and gave them marching orders. He needs to be impeached and removed immediately."

The 25th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by Congress in 1965 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It allows for the vice president and a majority of the president's cabinet to vote to remove the president if they believe the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office.

On Wednesday, several media outlets reported there were discussions among cabinet leaders to invoke the 25th Amendment.

Thousands of violent protesters descended on the Capitol Building on Wednesday afternoon as Congress gathered to certify Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. They entered the Capitol and halted the session for hours.

Congress resumed the session at 8 p.m. and Biden was declared the winner of the election just before 3:45 a.m. Thursday.