WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS News) - After President Trump whipped up his supporters with falsehoods about the election he claims was stolen from him and called on them to fight for his presidency at the Capitol on Wednesday - at one point urging his supporters to go to the Capitol to challenge “weak” Republicans including Vice President Mike Pence - some of Mr. Trump’s own Cabinet members have been whispering about whether to move forward with formal proceedings to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office days before his term ends.
These conversations are in early stages and as of this writing have not been formally presented to Vice President Pence. There are unconfirmed reports that some Cabinet members are also considering resignation.
Because Pence has been presiding over the joint session of Congress to affirm the outcome of the presidential election, he has not had much recent contact with the other 15 members of the Cabinet, although he did speak with Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley about activating National Guard troops to staff the protests in Washington, D.C. It was Pence and not Mr. Trump who activated those troops.
National Security Adviser Ambassador Robert O’Brien spent the early part of the day in Miami with a routine visit to SOUTHCOM but made clear in a series of subsequent statements that he was in contact with both Senate leaders and the vice president. He praised Pence for exhibiting courage in the face of today’s violence and said he was “proud to serve with him.”
After world leaders from dictatorships and democracies issued scathing statements about what they were witnessing in the seat of power of the world’s most powerful democracy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued three tweets regarding the violence but did not mention the president by name nor what incited the acts.