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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat Bernie Sanders has been most-followed member of Congress on social media for six years This week: Senate stuck in limbo MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday defended growing calls among lawmakers to impeach 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 with less than two weeks until President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models 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.” 


This comes as House 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.) 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 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 Friday.


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 PompeoChina: US military presence in South China Sea a threat to peace, stability White House installs new leadership at federally-funded international broadcasters US carrier group enters South China Sea amid tensions between China, Taiwan MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinOn The Money: Senate confirms Yellen as first female Treasury secretary | Biden says he's open to tighter income limits for stimulus checks | Administration will look to expedite getting Tubman on bill Senate confirms Yellen as first female Treasury secretary Biden administration will look to expedite getting Tubman on bill 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. 


On Friday, Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseJuan Williams: Let America be America Kremlin: US statements about pro-Navalny protests show 'direct support for the violation of the law' Senators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial 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.