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GOP Lawmakers Discussed Invoking The 25th Amendment To Remove Trump Over Jan 6: Report

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In the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, House Republicans held a virtual meeting and some floated the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove then-President Donald Trump from office before the chamber voted to impeach Trump, New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns revealed in there upcoming book “This Will Not Pass.”

According to an excerpt of the book reviewed by The Seatle Times, GOP Reps. Dan Newhouse and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) proposed “invoking the 25th Amendment,” which enables the Cabinet to remove the president from office if more than half of the members agree to it.

During that meeting, Herrera Beutler also raised the prospect of top Republican figures in the House and Senate asking Trump to resign, according to The Seattle Times.

“I think another way out that we should consider as a conference,” Herrera Beutler said, according to the book, “is asking our own leadership to join with the Republican leadership in the Senate and asking this president to resign.”

The quotes from the meeting were taken from “firsthand” account, according to the report.

The two GOP lawmakers later voted, along with 8 other GOP lawmakers and all Democrats, to impeach Trump for inciting the attack on the Capitol.

Herrera Beutler made headlines in the aftermath of the Capitol riot when she revealed a phone call that took place between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as the attack was taking place.

During the call, McCarthy refuted Trump’s claim that the rioters were antifa, telling the president that they were his supporters, which prompted Trump to say “well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”

Read more at The Seatle Times.