Capitol riot: Democrats seek Trump’s removal from office

Ms Pelosi, however, has called on him to resign and the DC Police Union said the leadership of the USCP was “ill-prepared for this attack in both manpower and in resources”.
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US President Donald Trump’s opponents in the two houses of Congress have called for him to be removed from office after the violent invasion of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump should be removed immediately. If he is not, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he could be impeached.

Removal would need Republican support and only a few have so far backed it.

Four people died during the riot, and 68 have now been arrested.

The actions of the police have come under greater scrutiny, with officers facing criticism for failing to stop the rioters breaking in.

The official responsible for security in the House of Representatives, the sergeant at arms, has now resigned. Mr Schumer has called for his counterpart in the Senate to be sacked.

President-elect Joe Biden said: “Nobody could tell me that if it was a group of Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the thugs that stormed the Capitol.”

Mr Trump himself has not spoken about what happened on Capitol Hill. However, his press spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said the president and his administration condemned the violence “in the strongest possible terms”.

The head of the US Capitol Police (USCP) said his officers had faced “criminal riotous behaviour” and he described the officers’ actions as “heroic”.

Ms Pelosi, however, has called on him to resign and the DC Police Union said the leadership of the USCP was “ill-prepared for this attack in both manpower and in resources”.

Transport Secretary Elaine Chao is the latest member of the Trump administration to quit in protest over the riots. Several lower-level officials have also resigned.

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