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Statement from Rep. Peter DeFazio on the Urgent Need to Remove Donald Trump from Office

Jan 7, 2021
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today released the following statement on the urgent need to remove Donald Trump from office following yesterday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol:

“As yesterday’s assault on the legislative branch, the rule of law and the will of the people showed, Donald Trump is a threat to our democracy, national security and the safety of all Americans. He must be removed from office immediately.

“The most expedient way to remove Trump from office is to invoke the 25th Amendment. I am calling on Vice-President Pence and the Cabinet to immediately declare through the 25th Amendment that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

“I strongly support articles of impeachment in the House against the President for inciting an armed insurrection against Congress, subverting a free and fair election, and trampling on our nation’s Constitution. Should he be impeached and convicted by the Senate, he would be barred from serving as President again and would never again be able to offer pardons to himself, his family, cronies or insurgents for their crimes. It is imperative that this individual be barred from any office entrusted with upholding the Constitution and serving the American people.

“The last four years have shown us how fragile our representative democracy truly is. It takes an active and engaged citizenry to ensure the health and well-being of our democracy for its survival. We must now work together to heal from these events and make this a more perfect union.”