An explosion caused by a police munition at the U.S. Capitol after a mob of Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol Wednesday. REUTERS/Leah Millis
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, as a joint session of Congress got underway to count electoral college votes and certify the election of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, a mob of Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, overpowered Capitol Police, and forced their way inside, ransacking and looting Congressional offices and the Senate chamber. They waved Confederate flags and replaced U.S. flags with Trump flags. The rioters were incited by President Donald Trump, who spoke to the crowd earlier at a rally, repeating baseless allegations of election fraud, lying about the results, and directing the crowd to march to the Capitol. A short while later, the mob mounted an insurrection, violating numerous federal laws. Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer.
For the safety and security of the nation, Trump must be immediately removed from office. The quickest way to remove Trump from office is via Section 4 of the 25th Amendment. Under this measure, if the vice president and a majority of cabinet members agree that a president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” the vice president becomes acting president. If Trump were to challenge them, Congress would have 21 days to decide if the vice president would remain in charge. By then, Joe Biden will have been sworn in as president. Learn more about how this process would work in this explainer from Vox. So far, the cabinet and the VP have refused to act, prompting the House on Monday to introduce an article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection.” Rep. Chellie Pingree co-sponsored the article and Rep. Jared Golden and Sen. Angus King have said they will support it. Sen. Susan Collins said Trump “does bear responsibility” for inciting the insurrection, but will not say whether she will vote to convict.
Call Sen. Collins and ask her to support the article of impeachment.
- Sen. Susan Collins: Augusta: (207) 622-8414; Bangor: (207) 945-0417; Biddeford: (207) 283-1101; Caribou: (207) 493-7873; Lewiston: (207) 784-6969; Portland: (207) 780-3575; or DC (202) 224-2523
Call Representatives Pingree and Golden and Senator King and thank them for supporting impeachment.
- Rep. Chellie Pingree: Portland: (207) 774-5019; Waterville: (207) 873-5713, DC: (202) 225-6116.
- Rep. Jared Golden: Bangor: (207) 249-7400; Caribou: (207) 492-6009; Lewiston: (207) 241-6767; D.C.: (202) 225-6306.
- Sen. Angus King: Augusta: (207) 622-8292; Bangor: (207) 945-8000; Biddeford: (207) 352-5216; Presque Isle: (207) 764-5124; DC: (202) 224-5344
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