U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called for a swift, last-minute removal of President Donald Trump in a news conference Saturday, days after the siege of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.
“My view is Donald Trump is a clear and present danger,” Wyden said. “He is responsible for this week’s domestic terrorist attack on the people’s Capitol and he ought to be held to account.”
Wyden called for the president to be removed by either impeachment or use of the 25th amendment, which requires a majority of the president’s cabinet to declare him unfit for office.
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader on Saturday added his voice to those calling for Trump to be removed.
Schrader, a Democrat representing the Salem area, part of the coastline and the southern Portland suburbs, said he will vote to impeach the president, calling Trump “a clear and present danger to our country.”
“While I have pushed other remedies for his criminal conduct, impeachment is the tool before us and warranted for his seditious acts,” Schrader said in a statement posted to social media Saturday.
Schrader’s statement comes the day after he apologized for comparing possible impeachment proceedings against Trump to a “lynching.” He made the comment on a call with other House Democrats, sources told ABC News. Schrader has faced blowback for his comment, including losing the support of a powerful political consultant group based in Portland.
Rep. Cliff Bentz, Oregon’s sole Republican member of Congress, said in an interview Saturday with the Malheur Enterprise that impeachment wouldn’t be a “productive exercise.” He also said Trump shouldn’t resign.
Bentz, the representative for much of Eastern and Central Oregon, took office a week ago and had joined the effort in Congress to overturn the presidential election results.
Articles of impeachment could come Monday, and the House could vote on them by the middle of the week.
House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have called for the president’s removal, as well as other members from Oregon’s congressional delegation, including Sen. Jeff Merkley and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Suzanne Bonamici.