In his last full week in office, Donald Trump has started a farewell tour of sorts. Tuesday, he traveled to the wall along the United States-Mexico border. Before leaving the White House, Mr. Trump talked about the danger of impeaching him while his comments to the crowd before last week’s attack on the Capitol were not.
On his way out of the White House, Trump said the prospect of impeachment is causing “tremendous anger” around the country. But added, he “wants no violence.” As for the Democrats move to remove him from office, he called this “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”
When asked if he accepted responsibility for inciting his supporters before they attacked the Capitol building, the Chief Executive showed no remorse regarding the attack, according to reporters.
During a phone call Monday with the top Republican in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, the president repeated conspiracy theories that Antifa was responsible for the violence. In reporting the call, the Axios news site stated Congressman McCarthy pushed back on the Antifa theory, adding that those responsible were Trump supporters.
McCarthy later told other Republicans that at some point in the conversation Mr.Trump admitted he is “partially to blame” for last week’s attack.
In the meantime, the House continued the efforts to remove Donald Trump from office. Congress members met Tuesday afternoon to go over the resolution to remove the president via the 25th Amendment. Republicans on the House Rules Committee argued against the resolution.
The House is set to hold a vote on the non-binding resolution that calls on Vice President Pence to “convene and mobilize” President Donald Trump’s cabinet to remove the president from power, using the powers granted by the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
The President and Vice President spoke for the first time Monday since the Capitol attack. During their last conversation Wednesday morning, Trump asked his VP to overturn the Electoral College vote results, which Pence told the president he could not do. During the attacks on the Capitol, rioters were heard yelling, “Hang Mike Pence!” Monday’s Oval Office meeting was said to be amicable. The report of their 90-minute meeting seemed to confirm earlier reports that the Vice President would not call the cabinet together to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment indicates instances when the president can’t or won’t admit that he is incapable of carrying out his duties, and it authorizes the vice president and a majority of the president’s cabinet to declare the president to be incapable of carrying them out.