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Lincoln Project adds to impeachment calls

Lincoln Project adds to impeachment calls
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The Lincoln Project joined the calls for President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE’s impeachment on Wednesday as pro-Trump rioters overtook the Capitol building.

The anti-Trump GOP group labeled the violence at the Capitol as “the direct responsibility of Donald Trump.” 

“The House should immediately impeach Donald Trump for directing and provoking this attack,” The Lincoln Project said in a statement, calling on the Senate to “immediately vote to convict and remove him from office.”

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The group said all congressional lawmakers who decline to vote to remove Trump from office “should be considered a co-conspirator.”

“While our democracy has been under attack since Donald Trump was elected in 2016, today’s domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol highlights just how much Trump and his enablers have entirely abandoned the principles of the Constitution and the Republic,” The Lincoln Project said in a statement.

“This is no longer simply about Donald Trump’s charade,” the statement continued. “It is an armed, violent, and planned insurrection against the United States of America.  It is a moment where the tenets of Trumpism replaced the tenets of American democracy with the inevitable, violent results.”

The Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson released a statement calling the violence “sedition and insurrection.”

“People have long asked why the Lincoln Project has targeted Trump’s Republican allies, and today they have their answer,” Wilson said. “Those Republicans who have endorsed and encouraged Trump’s lawless coup attempt in the House and Senate deserve to be prosecuted, not seated in the halls of government.”

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Several Democratic lawmakers, including Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBush testifies before Congress about racist treatment Black birthing people face during childbirth, pregnancy Genetic material from 1993 killing revealed years after another man executed for crime, groups say Advocates warn against complacency after Chauvin verdict MORE (Mass.), David CicillineDavid CicillineRepublicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld Washington keeps close eye as Apple antitrust fight goes to court Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube execs to testify at Senate hearing on algorithms | Five big players to watch in Big Tech's antitrust fight MORE (R.I.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarFree Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Schumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands White House raises refugee cap to 62,500 MORE (Minn.) have called for impeachment after the rioters raided the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. 

Others, including Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDemocrats, activists blast Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Lawmakers praise Biden for expected recognition of Armenian Genocide Overnight Defense: Top Pentagon nominee advances after Harris casts tie-breaker | Air Force general charged with sexual assault first to face court-martial | House passes bill to limit Saudi arms sales MORE (D-Calif.), requested Vice President Pence invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.  

The storming of the Capitol forced the House and the Senate to halt their debates on the Electoral College and lawmakers to flee to secure locations.