President Donald Trump should re-affirm that he will leave office without further incident next week as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to be sworn in, Rep. Tom Reed wrote in a letter released on Wednesday afternoon.
Reed's letter, co-signed with Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, came hours before Trump was impeached for the second time in his presidency, with lawmakers blaming him for inciting a riot of his supporters at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump in a statement shortly before the final impeachment vote urged protests to remain peaceful amid calls for demonstrations in Washington and at all 50 state capitals in the days leading up to the inauguration.
“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind,” Trump said. “That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.”
Reed's letter had urged Trump to temper passions. But it also goes further, urging him to affirm he will leave office peacefully.
"During these perilous times, we further call upon you to clearly reaffirm your commitment to a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Biden on January 20th," the lawmakers wrote. "These actions will directly help to prevent an escalation in violence and ensure the country can begin to heal."