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House Armed Services chair calls for removing Trump from office

The Democratic chairman of the House Armed Services Committee called Thursday for removing 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 from office a day after pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol.

“President Trump incited & encouraged this riot,” Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithTop Senate Democrat backs waiver for Biden Pentagon nominee House to vote Thursday on waiver for Biden's Defense chief pick House panel scraps Thursday hearing with Biden Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Wash.) tweeted. “He & his enablers are responsible for the despicable attack at the Capitol. VP Pence and the Cabinet should invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump, otherwise Senate Republicans must work with the House to impeach & remove him.”

Smith joins a growing number of lawmakers calling for Trump’s removal through either the 25th Amendment or impeachment after the president urged supporters to march on the Capitol while Congress was certifying Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE’s presidential victory.

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The breach forced lawmakers to halt their counting of Electoral College votes and shelter in secure undisclosed locations, and led to violent confrontations including Capitol Police fatally shooting one woman participating in the mayhem.

Calls for Trump’s removal in the aftermath have mostly come from Democrats, but Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? MORE (R-Ill.), an Air Force veteran who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Thursday became the first Republican lawmaker to call for invoking the 25th Amendment.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerNRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader US Chamber of Commerce to Biden, Congress: Business community 'ready to help' MORE (N.Y.) on Thursday became the highest-ranking Democrat to throw his support behind removing Trump from office with roughly two weeks left in his administration. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils virus plan and urges patience | Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden | House to move quickly on COVID-19 relief Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief | Biden faces backlash over debt | 900,000 more Americans file for unemployment benefits MORE (D-Calif.) has so far not weighed in on using the 25th Amendment.

Under the 25th Amendment, a majority of Cabinet officials plus Vice President Pence would have to declare to Congress that Trump is unable to fulfill his duties as president in order to remove him from office.

A source confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday night that administration officials have started discussing the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.