WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass H.Res. 21 which calls upon Vice President Pence to mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th amendment to remove President Trump from office.
“Last week, President Trump instigated and encouraged a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which led to the deaths of five Americans and more than fifty police officers seriously injured. The President called for this seditious attack leading up to and on the morning of the January 6th rally encouraging rioters to fight and then refusing to call off the mob when it became violent.
“The President’s actions show his absolute ineptitude and inability to perform the most basic and fundamental duties of his office. With just a matter of days left in his term, President Trump has demonstrated he remains an unpredictable threat to peace and our democracy. We urge Vice President Pence and the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment and remove Donald Trump from office. We must hold President Trump accountable for his actions, and that begins with his immediate removal from office.”