Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for Donald Trump to be removed from office immediately, following the siege of the Capitol that was motivated by the president’s unfounded claims that the election was stolen from him.
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by President Trump,” Schumer said in a statement. “This president must not hold office one day longer. The quickest and most effective way — it can be done today — to remove this president from office would be for the vice president to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress must reconvene to impeach President Trump.”
D.C. officials said that the city’s Metropolitan Police made 68 arrests related to the Capitol siege. Officials said that 56 officers of the Metropolitan Police Department suffered injuries, and one remained hospitalized.
But the Capitol Police, the lead agency that protects the complex, has come under criticism after demonstrators overwhelmed officers, breaching security barricades and gaining entry to the Capitol hallways and the Senate chamber.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), said in a statement that the “breach of the Capitol raises serious questions of what law enforcement did and what they should have done differently.” DeLauro chairs the House Appropriations Committee, with oversight over the Capitol Police, and Ryan chairs the Legislative Branch subcommittee, and they said that they are planning an investigation and hearings of what went wrong.
“We recognize the bravery of the Capitol Police and law enforcement officers who protected members and essential workers in the Capitol complex yesterday,” they said. “At the same time, it is obvious that there was a severe systematic failure in securing the building’s perimeter and the response once the building was breached.”
Per NBC News, Ryan told reporters that 15 Capitol Police officers remain hospitalized, including one in critical condition.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell later called for an investigation of the police response.
“I salute and applaud those front-line U.S. Capitol Police officers who stood bravely in harm’s way during yesterday’s failed insurrection,” McConnell said in a statement.
“With that said, yesterday represented a massive failure of institutions, protocols, and planning that are supposed to protect the first branch of our federal government. A painstaking investigation and thorough review must now take place and significant changes must follow. Initial bipartisan discussions have already begun among committees of oversight and Congressional Leadership.”
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