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Jeffries: 'Trump may be in the Twitter penalty box, but he still has access to the nuclear codes'

Jeffries: 'Trump may be in the Twitter penalty box, but he still has access to the nuclear codes'
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House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesUS Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots Lawmakers mount pressure on Trump to leave office Sunday shows - Capitol siege, Trump future dominate MORE (N.Y.) on Sunday argued for the necessity of impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE a second time, saying he remains an “existential threat” despite the imminent end of his presidency.

“The goal at the present moment is to address the existential threat that Donald Trump presents at this time. Every second, every minute, every hour that Donald Trump remains in office presents a danger to the American people,” Jeffries said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“You know, Donald Trump may be in the Twitter penalty box, but he still has access to the nuclear codes. That's a frightening prospect,” he added, referring to the president's suspension from Twitter.

“All of our efforts at the present moment are focused on his immediate removal. That's the right thing to do. The House is a separate and co-equal branch of government,” Jeffries added. “We have a constitutional responsibility to serve as a check and balance on an out of control executive branch. Donald Trump is completely and totally out of control, and even his longtime enablers have now come to that conclusion.”

NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial House GOP lawmaker: Trump 'put all of our lives at risk' DC mayor says she's concerned about threats to residential neighborhoods MORE asked Jeffries if he had discussed the matter with Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief McCarthy supports Cheney remaining in leadership amid calls for her to step down Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated MORE (R-Wyo.), his GOP counterpart in the House, who has directly blamed the president’s rhetoric for the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.

“She's involved in the process talking to her Republican colleagues about how they are going to deal with what's taking place on their side of the aisle. I'll let her speak to that,” Jeffries responded.