GOP lawmaker says he 'wouldn't oppose' removing Trump under 25th Amendment

GOP lawmaker says he 'wouldn't oppose' removing Trump under 25th Amendment
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Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversNew Mexico Democrat Stansbury sworn into Haaland's old seat Retired GOP representative: I won't miss the circus, but I might miss some of the clowns The Hill's Morning Report - Census winners and losers; House GOP huddles MORE (R-Ohio) indicated Thursday that he would not stand in the way if the Cabinet and Vice President Pence decided to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE from office.

“I don't know anything about the President's mental state, or any of that. The cabinet decides on the 25th Amendment that is. If the Cabinet decided to do that, I would not oppose it,” Stivers said during an interview with Spectrum News.


Video of the interview was shared on Twitter by Forbes reporter Andrew Solender.

Multiple Democratic lawmakers have called for Trump to be removed from power, either through impeachment or through the 25th Amendment. Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin Axios CEO says GOP before Trump will not return MORE (Ill.) is the only GOP lawmaker to call for using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump. 

Stivers described impeachment as "a little silly" because he said it could not be done before Trump's term ends on Jan. 20.

“That is a little silly at this point — to try to talk about thinking we could do impeachment. But I think if the Cabinet decided to support the 25th Amendment, they know what's going on much better than I do, day to day, and where things stand,” added Stivers.


“I was very disappointed in the president, but we will have a new president in 13 days. Don't confuse yourself on that. And frankly, if the president did something wrong, when he's not president anymore he could be held accountable for that," he said.

Trump's video message to the rioters asking them to stop their siege has been condemned by critics and lawmakers for appearing to support them. In the video, he said to the rioters, "We love you. You're very special," while adding "go home in peace."

Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday the U.S. would be "better off" if Trump was removed from office, adding his name to the growing list of lawmakers who believe Trump should be removed.