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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 TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE from office a day after pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol.

“President Trump incited & encouraged this riot,” Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithInfrastructure should include the right investment in people Biden budget delay pushes back annual defense policy bill F-35 cockpit upgrade has 4 million cost overrun 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 BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom 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 KinzingerThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Florida's restrictive voting bill signed into law Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women Kinzinger hits GOP on 'operation #coverupJan6' over Cheney ouster plot 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 SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan 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 PelosiOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women 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.