Summary List PlacementHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi excoriated President Donald Trump and House Republicans following the deadly siege on the US Capitol on January 6.
In an “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday, the House Speaker reflected on her experience as pro-Trump rioters broke into the Capitol building and ransacked her office.
Pelosi said she believed the president should be held accountable through impeachment for inciting violence.
“Sadly, the person running the executive branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States, and [there are] only a number of days until we can be protected from him,” Pelosi said during the interview. “But he has done something so serious that there should be prosecution against him.”
She described the January 6 incident as a “terrible, terrible violation of the Capitol, of the first branch of government — the legislative branch — by the president of the United States.” Pro-Trump protesters broke into the Capitol as lawmakers were certifying the results of the 2020 election, causing the chamber to temporarily halt the count and take cover.
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The congressional session resumed later that same night — with Pence presiding — and lasted until 4 a.m. as a number of GOP lawmakers continued to object to certifying the election results in their respective states, even though none of the objections were sustained.
“Shame on them, and shame on two-thirds of the Republican caucus in the House supporting the — so these people are enablers of the president’s behavior,” Pelosi said. “I remember when Republicans in the Senate went to see Richard Nixon and said it’s over, and that’s what needs to happen now.”
Some Republicans, however, including Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, walked back their decision to object.
House Democrats are seeking to pursue impeachment proceedings against the president in light of the Capitol siege, as well as urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would allow him and a majority Trump’s cabinet to depose the president.
Pelosi wrote in a letter obtained by CNN that impeachment proceedings could be set into motion as early as this week if Pence does not respond to calls to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Trump committed a dangerous assault on our nation and our people. What he did should be prosecuted.It is our hope that the 2/3rds of House Republicans who’ve enabled this unhinged man will finally join us in protecting the American people and our democracy from him. pic.twitter.com/YfOPgObozR — Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) January 11, 2021
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