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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 DeVosProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Biden administration reversing Trump ban on pandemic aid for undocumented students Biden taps ex-consumer bureau chief to oversee student loans MORE and Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoTop Democrat: FCC actions are a 'potential setback' to autonomous vehicles The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause Gingrich on Trump-McConnell feud: GOP 'better off' focusing on Democrats MORE over their decision to step down from their posts, accusing them of “running away” from invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers 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.”

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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.”

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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 PelosiGohmert says Jan. 6 mob attack on Capitol not an 'armed insurrection' Meghan McCain: Greene 'behaving like an animal' GOP Rep. Turner to lead House push to address military sexual assault MORE (D-Calif) has vowed to impeach Trump a second time if Pence didn’t do it.

Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkDemocratic scramble complicates Biden's human infrastructure plan Child care advocates seek to lock down billion in new federal funding Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief 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 NadlerMcGahn to sit for closed-door interview with House Democrats House to consider anti-Asian hate crimes bill, protections for pregnant workers this month A historic moment to truly honor mothers MORE (D-N.Y.) would have to fast track the process.

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