President Donald Trump should be removed from office before his term ends next week, 75 lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled state Assembly on Tuesday said.
The call came in a letter to leaders in Congress as Democrats in the House of Representatives are planning to advance an article of impeachment unless Vice President Mike Pence removes Trump from via the 25th Amendment.
“The deadly, violent acts of domestic terrorism we witnessed last week at the U.S. Capitol were an assault on our democracy incited by President Trump and his allies. He must be held responsible,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said.
“I stand with my Assembly Majority colleagues in urging Congress to take immediate action to impeach and remove the president from office. We must set the precedent that attempting to overturn the will of the American people cannot and will not be tolerated. Nor will threats against the New York State Capitol and the hard working New Yorkers who come to work here every day.”
Lawmakers in Congress from both parties place blame on Trump's rhetoric for inciting the mob of his supporters to riot at the Capitol last week as the presidential election was being certified by Congress.
“Words matter, and actions have consequences,” said Assemblywoman Pat Fahy. “The President of the United States spoke and acted to purposely undermine our democracy in one of the most shocking displays of political violence ever witnessed at the U.S. Capitol. Having spent a number of years on Capitol Hill as congressional staff, I remain deeply unsettled by last Wednesday’s violence. The sitting President must be removed from office, and prevented from holding public office ever again. I thank Speaker Heastie for his support and leadership here at the New York State Capitol and I thank each of my colleagues for their support in signing this letter, and sending a message to our delegation.”