US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated Friday she spoke with the nation’s high army chief about guaranteeing that an “unhinged” President Donald Trump doesn’t launch a nuclear assault in his last days in workplace.
The high Democrat in Congress stated she talked with Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley “to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”
The extraordinary acknowledgement that Pelosi has spoken with army brass about proscribing the president’s powers enshrined within the US Constitution got here in a letter to her Democratic colleagues, and spotlight the tensions in Washington over Trump’s remaining days within the White House.
“The situation of this unhinged president could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” she wrote.
A Milley spokesman, Colonel Dave Butler, stated Pelosi did name the joint chiefs chairman however wouldn’t present specifics apart from to say Milly “answered her questions regarding the process of nuclear command authority.”
Pelosi in her letter additionally stated she is ready to launch impeachment proceedings in opposition to Trump if he doesn’t voluntarily resign or if Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t start a course of specified by the 25th Amendment that enables him and the cupboard to take away the president.
“If the president does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action,” she stated.
Articles of impeachment have been drafted however they’ve but to be launched.
Momentum is rising amongst Democrats on Capitol Hill for ousting Trump after his supporters stormed the US Capitol searching for to stop lawmakers from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s November election win.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike described the mayhem, wherein 5 folks died together with a US Capitol Police officer, as an revolt, and critics are accusing Trump of fomenting the violent unrest.
“There is growing momentum around the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would allow the vice president and a majority of the cabinet to remove the president for his incitement of insurrection and the danger he still poses,” Pelosi wrote.
She and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday positioned a name to Pence to debate invoking the 25th Amendment however he didn’t reply.
“We still hope to hear from him as soon as possible with a positive answer,” she stated.
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