‘Put country before party’: Sen. Murray calls for 25th Amendment to be invoked following insurrection

The nation and the world watched in disbelief as a violent mob of extremist Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Now, some members of Washington state’s delegation are declaring the President unfit for office.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has joined the list of lawmakers who are calling for the 25th Amendment to be invoked.

The 25th Amendment states, “In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.”

Murray released the following statement late Wednesday night:

“Congress is continuing the process of certifying the election, but only after a day of chaos and violent extremism in the Capitol where some of our worst fears about the harm this President is willing to incite were realized.

We need questions answered about the profound breakdown in security and the stark difference in the treatment of this violent mob compared to legions of women, people with disabilities, members of the clergy, and activists of color who have peacefully protested in and around the Capitol complex.

The insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol today should be held fully accountable for their actions under the law. So should the President. The most immediate way to ensure the President is prevented from causing further harm in coming days is to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office. As history watches, I urge Vice President Pence and the President’s cabinet to put country before party and act.

To families in Washington state and nationwide, please know that as frightening as this has been, there is reason for hope because of your participation in the very same processes the President is seeking to undermine. Because of you, we will soon have a President and Senate determined to protect and strengthen rather than jeopardize our democratic institutions. Continue to have faith in yourselves, each other, and our democracy, and we will get through this together.”