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Congresswoman Karen Bass Says Trump Should Be Immediately Removed From Office

Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on July 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Rep. Karen Bass is among the Southern California members of Congress condemning yesterday's actions at the U.S. Capitol. She says Jan. 6 was a tragic day in U.S. history, one that will go down in infamy as the day the President of the United States incited a riot and attempted a coup.

In an interview with our newsroom, Bass said she agrees with calls for President Trump to be immediately removed from office, which could happen under the 25th Amendment.

The amendment includes provisions for the removal of a sitting president, if it's determined that individuals is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." That's a big if.

Bass says she doesn't think it's likely:

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"I don't have confidence that members of the cabinet, who I believe are as corrupt as President Trump is, would actually vote to kick him out."

If the president is not removed via the 25th Amendment, Bass supports impeaching him again, but she doubts enough Republican senators would support removing Trump from office — a vote that requires a two-thirds majority.

Bass, a Democrat who serves on the Foreign Affairs and Judiciary committees, represents the 37th District.


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