Nancy Pelosi says Congress will impeach Donald Trump if he isn't removed from office immediately

Nancy Pelosi says Congress will impeach Donald Trump if he isn't removed from office immediately

HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi has warned that Congress will impeach Donald Trump if the 25th Amendment is not invoked to remove him from office.

She's calling for the immediately removal of the President after a number of his supporters stormed the Capitol Building on Wednesday in a controversial attempt to stop Congress from confirming Joe Biden's election victory.

Pelosi said that Mr Trump had "incited an armed insurrection against America" and insisted that the he needed to be "contained" until he leaves office.

Many in the States are calling for the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution to be invoked, which would see power transferred from President Trump to Vice President Mike Pence.

It can happen if the vice president and a majority of the cabinet determine the president is "unable to discharge the powers and duties" of the office.

If the president opposes, Congress can order the transfer of power with a two-thirds vote in both chambers - the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Should it be invoked, Mr Pence would be acting president until January 20 when Mr Biden is officially inaugurated.

Throughout Wednesday's Capitol Building saga, Trump was criticised for appearing to incite violence and egg on his supporters.

Despite urging them to "go home," he refused to condemn their actions and told them he "loved" them.

On Thursday, Mr Trump committed to an "orderly transition" of power to the Biden administration, but only after social media giants Twitter, Facebook and Instagram had temporarily suspended his accounts.

"These people and their leader Donald Trump do not care about the security of people, they don't care about our democracy, they don't care about the peaceful transfer of power. Something's very, very wrong here," Speaker Pelosi added.

"A threshold was crossed of such magnitude that there's no way this president should be allowed to make any decision.

"What's next? What happens today? Who knows? But what we do know is that he must be contained.

"The President is a very dangerous man ... we'll see what our options are. It's up to him if he wants to be doubly impeached."

Mr Trump was impeached by Congress in December 2019, but was acquitted in the Senate two months later.