Clyburn blasts DeVos and Chao for 'running away' from 25th Amendment fight

Clyburn blasts DeVos and Chao for 'running away' from 25th Amendment fight
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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (R-S.C.) blasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosPardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office Azar in exit letter to Trump says Capitol riot could 'tarnish' legacy READ: Departure letter from HHS Secretary Azar to Trump MORE and Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning McMaster: Trump running again would be 'terribly divisive' MORE over their decision to step down from their posts, accusing them of “running away” from invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE.

Chao and DeVos are the latest in a wave of resignations from various administration officials in the wake of a riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the president and are the first two Cabinet secretaries to resign.

“For two Cabinet members to resign, that says to me that they’re running away from their responsibilities,” Clyburn continued. “If they feel that strongly, they would stay there and wait on this meeting where they can cast two of the votes that are necessary to invoke the 25th Amendment. They’re running away.”


Clyburn’s comment came during an interview on CNN as he was discussing the possibility of Congress impeaching Trump within the final days of his presidency. The Democrat indicated that the 25th Amendment however, would be “the quickest way” to remove Trump.

“You do not need 12 days for the 25th Amendment to be invoked. You can do that in the next 12 hours,” he said. “But if they don’t do it, then I believe that within the next six or seven days, we can impeach.”


Bipartisan calls for Vice President Pence to invoke the amendment emerged over the past couple days after a mob of Trump’s supporters rioted at the U.S. Capitol as Congress was certifying the Electoral College vote on Wednesday.

However, Pence is reportedly against invoking the 25th Amendment, and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOklahoma man who videotaped himself with his feet on desk in Pelosi's office during Capitol riot released on bond House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot With another caravan heading North, a closer look at our asylum law MORE (D-Calif) has vowed to impeach Trump a second time if Pence didn’t do it.

Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Sanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated MORE (D-Mass.) said in a separate interview on CNN Friday that articles could be brought to the floor “as early as mid-next week.”

When asked if Clark’s timeline was realistic, Clyburn said “oh, I think so,” noting that several representatives have drafted articles of impeachment.

“Remember now, more than one member has proposed impeachment, so impeachment won’t be new,” Clyburn said, noting that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerPelosi names 9 impeachment managers Republicans gauge support for Trump impeachment Clyburn blasts DeVos and Chao for 'running away' from 25th Amendment fight MORE (D-N.Y.) would have to fast track the process.

“But more than one member has put forward impeachment articles.”