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Sanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday defended growing calls among lawmakers to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE with less than two weeks until President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE’s inauguration, calling Wednesday’s pro-Trump riots on the Capitol “an insurrection against the U.S. government.” 

“Some people ask: Why would you impeach and convict a president who has only a few days left in office?” the former Democratic presidential candidate tweeted. “The answer: Precedent.”

The senator added, “It must be made clear that no president, now or in the future, can lead an insurrection against the U.S. government.” 

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This comes as House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) suggested House lawmakers would move to impeach the president if Vice President Pence and other Cabinet officials declined to remove Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment, a move Pence reportedly opposes.

A vote to impeach Trump for the second time could happen as early as next weekAssistant House Speaker 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 Friday.

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Many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers have urged Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment after Wednesday's violence. The 1967 amendment to the Constitution ensures that the government remains in operation should a sitting president be deemed unfit to perform presidential duties.  

A majority of the Trump Cabinet and Pence would have to agree the president is unfit to serve for him to be removed. 

Five people died amid the chaos Wednesday on Capitol Hill, including a police officer who suffered injuries and a woman who was shot by a plainclothes officer.

Prior to the riots, Trump encouraged his supporters at a rally earlier in the day to march to the Capitol and protest Congress’s certification Biden’s win, repeating unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him. 

Three sources told CNBC on Friday that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Dozens of scientists call for deeper investigation into origins of COVID-19, including the lab theory MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE were among the Trump Cabinet members that have discussed the use of the 25th Amendment, though there was no formal advancement of the effort. 

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On Friday, Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseOvernight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals Hillicon Valley: Colonial Pipeline attack underscores US energy's vulnerabilities | Biden leading 'whole-of-government' response to hack | Attorneys general urge Facebook to scrap Instagram for kids Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote MORE (Neb.), who has been one of the most critical Republicans of Trump in the last week, became the first GOP senator to signal support for a possible impeachment vote from the House. 

"If they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move, because as I told you I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office," Sasse said in an interview on "CBS This Morning."

"He swore an oath to the American people to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. He acted against that," Sasse said. "What he did was wicked."

More than 24 hours after the chaos at the Capitol, Trump signaled a shift in tone Thursday evening in taped remarks released on social media, in which the president for the first time since the November election admitted electoral defeat. 

"A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation," Trump said in his address.