Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Sunday night she intends to call more impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, who is scheduled to be relieved of his Commander-in-Chief post in just 10 days anyway during the transition to President-elect Joe Biden.
Pelosi hopes to use a threat of a second Trump impeachment as a way to strongarm Vice President Mike Pence into invoking the 25th Amendment, which could remove presidential powers from Trump and place them in Pence’s hands the final week and a half.
Pelosi, who was recently voted by her peers to serve again as Speaker during the first two years of Biden’s presidency, appeared on “60 Minutes” Sunday night to talk about her party’s continued torque on Trump, and to also rehash the siege of the Capitol last week by a riotous mob.
“60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl asked Pelosi who was “running the government of the United States.” Pelosi said it was by someone who’s “deranged, unhinged” and dangerous.
“Sadly, the person that’s running the Executive Branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States,” Pelosi said. “And we’re only a number of days until—we can be protected from him. But he has done something so serious … that there should be prosecution against him.”
Pelosi was, of course, insinuating Trump incited violence and the ultimate siege of the Capitol on the same day Congress met to certify the presidential election results.
When asked if the 25th Amendment was a possibility, Pelosi didn’t hesitate when saying it’s a clear path to removing the president from office.
“Nothing is off the table,” Pelosi said. “The mayhem at the capitol started early afternoon on January 6th with the rioters barreling past the barricades, clashing with police and breaking into the Capitol. As they swarmed through the halls, the speaker was on the house floor, during the count of the Electoral College vote.”
Stahl described the chaotic scene inside the Capitol last Wednesday, and then asked Pelosi her thoughts.
“I think there was, universally accepted that what happened was a terrible, terrible violation of what—of the Capitol—of the first branch of government, the—the legislative branch by the president of the United States.”
Pelosi continued describing the scenes at the Capitol on January 6, and she talked about what her staff experienced while security combed the halls, offices and chambers to remove all rioters so Congress could finish their work of certifying the Electoral College’s voting for Joe Biden as the next president.
Pence agreed with members of Congress that the delayed vote on Wednesday must continue through that night, no matter how long it would take. And it happened.
Now that Biden has been certified and the days until his presidency are in single-digit days, Pelosi vows to press forward with the threat of impeaching or removing Trump. Her reason? She feels that even with 10 days remaining, Trump could do something recklessly with the military.
“I have sought information from those who are in position to know that there are protections against this dangerous president initiating any military hostilities or something worse than that,” Pelosi said.
“I like the 25th Amendment because it gets rid of him. He’s out of office. But there is strong support in the Congress for impeaching the president a second time. This president is guilty of inciting insur—insurrection. He has to pay a price for that.”