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Chris Christie says Trump should be impeached and GOP senator Pat Toomey warns President 'could face criminal liability' for his spiral into madness that led to MAGA mob violence

 Chris Christie said Sunday that if he were a lawmaker he would vote to impeach Donald Trump as Republican Senator Pat Toomey demanded the president resign 'as soon as possible'.

When Christie, a former Trump ally, was asked if the president committed an impeachable offense, he told ABC's 'This Week' during a panel discussion: 'Oh sure, yeah.' 

'You would vote to impeach?' ABC host George Stephanopolous asked the former New Jersey governor.

'If I think it's an impeachable offense that's exactly what I would do, George,' Christie said. 'But I'm not in there. But you want my opinion, that's my opinion.

He added: 'If inciting to insurrection isn't [an impeachable offense], I don't know what is.'

Chris Christie, once a staunch Trump ally, said Sunday that if he were a lawmaker he would vote to impeach, claiming: 'If inciting to insurrection isn't [an impeachable offense], I don't know what is'

Chris Christie, once a staunch Trump ally, said Sunday that if he were a lawmaker he would vote to impeach, claiming: 'If inciting to insurrection isn't [an impeachable offense], I don't know what is'

Republican Senator Pat Toomey also said Sunday Trump should resign and 'go away as soon as possible' to allow the country to heal in the wake of the riot at the Capitol Wednesday

Republican Senator Pat Toomey also said Sunday Trump should resign and 'go away as soon as possible' to allow the country to heal in the wake of the riot at the Capitol Wednesday

Amidst calls for resignation and a possible second impeachment of Trump, Vice President Mike Pence still hasn't ruled out using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office just 10 days before his term is up.

Christie said if impeachment does come to the floor, Republicans will 'have to vote their conscious.'

'I mean, what we had was an incitement to riot at the United States Capitol, we had people killed, and to me there's no a whole lot of question here,' Christie said.

Toomey told NBC's Chuck Todd on 'Meet the Press' Sunday morning that the 'best way for our country is for the president to resign and go away as soon as possible.'

'I acknowledge that may not be likely, but I think that would be best,' the Pennsylvania Republican senator said.

Representative Adam Kinzinger agreed with this sentiment during his interview with ABC on Sunday, claiming: 'I think the best thing for the country to heal would be for him to resign.'

'The next best thing is the 25th Amendment, and that's why I call on Vice President Pence to do it,' he continued on 'This Week', adding this route is the best because it would 'get the debate out of Congress.'

Toomey also claimed in the wake of the chaotic descent on the Capitol by pro-Trump protesters on Wednesday, which left five dead, that the president shouldn't be allowed to run for this office ever again.

'I would certainly hope and I actually do believe that the president has disqualified himself,' Toomey said. 'I don't think he's a viable candidate for office ever again because of the outrageous behavior in the post-election period.' 

Mike Pence has not spoken publicly since Wednesday after the pro-Trump mob blamed him for Congress not overturning the election results. The vice president won't say if he will invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power with just 10 days left in his term

Mike Pence has not spoken publicly since Wednesday after the pro-Trump mob blamed him for Congress not overturning the election results. The vice president won't say if he will invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power with just 10 days left in his term


Outside of calls for resignation and rumors Vice President Pence could use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump and take over in the final days, there are also those pushing for a second impeachment against the president.

Toomey revealed Saturday that even he believes Trump 'committed impeachable offenses'. 

Pence has not spoken publicly since Wednesday's events where he condemned the attacks before moving forward with the joint session of Congress to certify the election overnight Wednesday to Thursday.

Toomey doesn't think, however, that the 25th Amendment will be enacted or that Trump will be impeached before he vacates the White House on January 20.

'It does not look as though there is the will or the consensus to exercise the 25th Amendment option,' Toomey told NBC. 'And I don't think there's time to do an impeachment. There's ten days left before the president leaves anyway. I think the best thing would be a resignation.'

Other than Toomey, there are several other Republican lawmakers calling for Trump's removal one way or the other, including Senators Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse, Mitt Romney and Representatives Garret Graves of Louisiana, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Steve Stivers of Ohio.  

Kinzinger said lawmakers need to put aside consideration of their jobs to do the right thing for Americans.

'We ask young men and young women to give their lives for this country every day,' the 42-year-old Air Force veteran said on ABC Sunday morning. 'We have to be willing to give our careers to do the right thing when it's something as egregious as we're facing like we have been in this last week.'

When Toomey was asked how and other Republicans didn't see a big event like the one Wednesday coming, the Pennsylvania senator said the president's actions since the election are far from just the 'offensive tweets' he's fired off in the past.

'The president spiraled down into a kind of madness that was different,' Toomey said of Trump's behavior in the last few months. 'I'm sorry if people don't acknowledge that.'

'I think what he did this past week is wildly different from the offensive tweets that were common during his presidency, and I don't think that those tweets clearly indicated that this was coming,' he said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Pence Thursday to declare Trump unfit for office after he told crowds to 'fight' moments before a mob stormed the Capitol.

The Vice President refused to take their calls, leading the Democrats to begin an impeachment process as an alternative option to remove Trump from office.

Despite Pence's silence, the Vice President is keeping the move to invoke the 25th Amendment very much on the table for if or when Trump becomes more unstable in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, a source told CNN.

The latest twist in this week's events comes as it was revealed Pence sheltered in a bunker with his family during the Capitol riot and Trump didn't check in on his safety.  

Pence, daughter Audrey Pence and wife Karen Pence walk during the Inaugural Parade on January 20 2017. Pence and his family were forced to shelter in a bunker where they could hear the angry mob looking for him

Pence, daughter Audrey Pence and wife Karen Pence walk during the Inaugural Parade on January 20 2017. Pence and his family were forced to shelter in a bunker where they could hear the angry mob looking for him

Schumer calls for Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump
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The source said Pence's team is concerned the president could take action that would risk national security if either the Vice President pursues the 25th Amendment or Democrats push forward with their impeachment plans. 

Now, Pence is working to ensure there is a smooth transition to the Biden administration and that the incoming team are best prepared for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported. 

Tensions have reached a head between the president and his second in command following Wednesday's riot where Trump's supporters broke into the Capitol and chanted 'Hang Mike Pence'. 

Despite stoking the fury among the crowd by falsely telling them Pence had the power to stop the certification of Biden's victory, Trump did not check in on the Vice President during the siege.

'Was he concerned at all that an angry mob that he commanded to march on the Capitol might injure the vice president or his family?' a source said to CNN. 

Pence, his wife Karen Pence, daughter Charlotte and brother Rep. Greg Pence were forced to take cover in a secret location. 

The VP and his family - who had joined him for the ceremony - are said to have been able to hear the angry mob shouting 'where's Mike Pence' while they stormed through the building.  

The two men have not spoken since the violent attack on Capitol Hill, CNN reported.  

Trump has also not condemned the threats made against his second in command by his supporters and has gone to efforts to freeze him out including revoking the Vice President Chief of Staff Marc Short's White House access Wednesday.

Pence has faced calls from Democrats to declare Trump unfit for office after he riled up crowds telling them to 'fight' (above) moments before a mob stormed the Capitol

Pence has faced calls from Democrats to declare Trump unfit for office after he riled up crowds telling them to 'fight' (above) moments before a mob stormed the Capitol

Pence has finally seen 'a glimpse of POTUS's vindictiveness' and is disappointed and saddened by it, a source told CNN.

After his numerous attempts to overthrow the presidential election through unfounded claims of mass voter fraud failed, Trump pushed the blame for his defeat onto Pence. 

The president repeatedly and incorrectly claimed the Vice President could put a stop to the certification of Joe Biden's victory in the Electoral College. 

'States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval,' Trump wrote on Wednesday morning, just hours before his supporters tried to hunt Pence down.

'All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!'

'If Vice President @Mike_Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency,' he added. 

'Many States want to decertify the mistake they made in certifying incorrect & even fraudulent numbers in a process NOT approved by their State Legislatures (which it must be). Mike can send it back!'

He continued to falsely claim that Pence simply lacked the 'courage' as he whipped up the crowds at his 'Stop the Steal' rally into a frenzy Wednesday and urged them 'to fight'. 

'Mike Pence, I hope you get to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country, and if you're not, I'm going to be very disappointed in you,' Trump said at the rally. 

Pence in fact did not have the power to do this - something he made clear in a statement Wednesday and in a conversation with Trump Tuesday. 

'Some believe that as Vice President, I should be able to accept or reject electoral votes unilaterally,' Pence's statement read.

A supporter of Donald Trump carries a Confederate flag on the second floor of the US Capitol

A supporter of Donald Trump carries a Confederate flag on the second floor of the US Capitol

Pro-Trump insurgents stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an attack that left nation stunned

Pro-Trump insurgents stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an attack that left nation stunned

'Others believe that electoral votes should never be challenged in a Joint Session of Congress,' he continued.

'After a careful study of our Constitution, our laws, and our history, I believe neither view is correct.'  

This marked the first time Pence publicly broke rank with Trump and reportedly outraged Trump.  

The 25th Amendment, which also governs a president who voluntarily relinquishes power on a temporary basis, requires that the vice president and 'a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide' inform the Congress that the president is 'unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.' 

It is a provision never before used for the removal of a president against his will.  

It requires Pence and a majority of the Cabinet to vote to remove Trump from office due to his inability to 'discharge the powers and duties of his office'. 

Even if Pence and half the cabinet agrees, the 25th Amendment move requires a two-thirds majority of both chambers if the president objects. 

Several cabinet members are on an acting basis, lowering the number who could agree to the move. 

Pelosi and Schumer, the two top Democrats, had called on Pence to invoke the Amendment this week. 

Tensions have reached a head between the president and his second in command following Wednesday's riot

Tensions have reached a head between the president and his second in command following Wednesday's riot

Schumer revealed their efforts were scuppered when they were put on hold for 25 minutes before being told Pence would not come to the phone. 

House Democrats will introduce their impeachment resolution on Monday charging Trump with 'incitement of insurrection'. 

House Rep. Ted Lieu of California announced on his Twitter feed Saturday that 180 members of Congress have signed as co-sponsors of the article of impeachment that he helped draft alongside fellow House Reps. Jamie Raskin and David Cicilline.  

Lieu said that while all 180 co-sponsors are Democrats, he is confident that Republican members of the House will support to impeach. 

A draft of the article prepared by Cicilline, Lieu, and Raskin states that, 'Incited by Trump, a mob unlawfully breached the Capitol,' injured law enforcement, menaced lawmakers and the vice president, and interfered with the count of the Electoral College.    

Some Republicans have already suggested they are open to impeachment.

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who voted to acquit Trump last year, said he will 'definitely consider' impeachment.

And Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who also voted to acquit, told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that she wants Trump to resign. 

Senator Pat Toomey told Fox News Saturday he believes Trump committed 'impeachable offenses'. 

Two Republican Congress members told CNN they would support impeachment with one saying 'I think you will have GOP members vote for impeachment.' 

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the earliest a second trial would begin is Inauguration Day because the Senate is in recess until January 19. 

The move to impeach a sitting president for a second time is an unprecedented event in American history. 

The fresh talk of finding a way to remove Trump came after he egged on his supporters, who stormed the Capitol

The fresh talk of finding a way to remove Trump came after he egged on his supporters, who stormed the Capitol 

An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while Trump supporters gather in front of the Capitol on Wednesday

An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while Trump supporters gather in front of the Capitol on Wednesday

Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress

Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress

Congressmen flee to safety moments before mob breaks into House floor
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Trump's initial impeachment trial came after it emerged that he had pressured the Ukrainian president for information on Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

He was impeached in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress but was acquitted by the Senate in February after only one Republican - Mitt Romney - broke from party lines to back the impeachment article.  

The move to remove Trump from power comes in the wake of Wednesday's riot at the US Capitol.

Trump is accused of inciting violence among his supporters telling them to 'fight' in a rally moments before the riot erupted. 

His response once the violence started has also said to have shocked White House aides. 

He stayed quiet for hours as rioters wreaked chaos on the Capitol and five died, reportedly watching the scenes unfold on TV and refusing to tell his fans to exit the building.

He finally addressed the nation Wednesday several hours later - after Biden condemned the violence in a public address - where he told his supporters 'I love you' but 'go home'. 

It has also emerged that Trump resisted efforts to deploy the National Guard and White House officials had to intervene to make it happen, with Pence giving officials the go-ahead from where he was hiding out. 

Trump supporters broke through the barricades around the Capitol Wednesday and entered the seat of government sending lawmakers fleeing for their lives. 

Protesters were riled up by the president during a rally near the White House where he told them to head to Capitol Hill where lawmakers were scheduled to confirm Joe Biden's presidential victory.   

Trump told the crowd to 'fight': 'Unbelievable, what we have to go through. What we have to go through - and you have to get your people to fight.' 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Sen. Chuck Schumer

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer demanded the president's removal from office Thursday

A violent mob then stormed the Capitol, breaking through police barricades and smashing windows to enter the building.

Lawmakers were forced to go into hiding for several hours as Capitol police grappled to take back control while the mob defecated in the Senate and House, invaded Nancy Pelosi's office and looted items potentially including state secrets.   

Five people were killed in the violent riot including a police officer who was reportedly hit over the head with a fire extinguisher by a rioter. 

Three top Capitol security officials have stood down as questions are being raised over the failure to stop the breach occurring in the first place.   

Dozens have been rounded up and arrested since the attack including a QAnon supporter, a 70-year-old who brought two handguns, a rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails to the riot and a newly sworn-in West Virginia delegate.

The FBI is asking for the public's help in bringing all those responsible to justice. 

Meanwhile, House Democrats will start proceedings to impeach Trump Monday charging him with 'incitement of insurrection' after he egged on his supporters and then failed to condemn the violence or tell them to leave the Capitol for hours after the violence erupted. 

Twitter banned the president from its platform Friday saying in a statement that his recent tweets amounted to glorification of violence. 

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