Trump 'could be pardoned by Pence if he resigns' claims caller
Jeremy Vine spoke to caller Rob from Derbyshire on his show who suggested that Donald Trump could obtain a presidential pardon if he hands over power to Vice-President Pence before leaving office. The caller theorised that by standing down Mr Trump would give Pence, as the new president, the power to pardon him for any crimes committed while in office. This comes after leading US Democrats and business figures called for Mr Trump to face charges for “inciting” Wednesday’s deadly protests in Washington.
The caller explained: “If he resigns now, Pence becomes President and that gives Pence the power to enact this ridiculous situation they have got in America, the way you can actually pardon acts of lawlessness etcetera.
“I mean this man had done untold harm, I feel sorry for Republicans, normal Republicans, because he has done so much damage to that party and he has done democracy a big kick in the teeth around the world.
“So it is absolutely appalling.
“But this is not the time, let it go through democratically, let’s move forward.”
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Rob added: “Getting rid of him like this is not going to solve the problems in America.
“That is a massive problem for Joe Biden to sort out and I wish him luck.”
Calls for President Trump to quit came after pro-Trump protesters marched to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, breaching barricades and fighting police to storm the Congress building.
Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar warned she would draw up articles for impeachment against the president because of his role in the protests.
Other colleagues have suggested Congress could trigger the 25th Amendment, which allows a President to be removed if found to be “unfit” to serve.
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In the event of the US leader being removed under the amendment, incumbent Vice President Mike Pence would assume the role until the end of the mandate on January 20.
Members of Congress had met to confirm Joe Biden’s votes in the November 2020 election and certify his position as the next President of the United States.
Lawmakers got caught up in the chaos as rioters got inside the building were told to duck under their seats and put on gas masks as tear gas set off inside.
Law enforcement officials later said at least one explosive device was found near the US Capitol, confirming it was “no longer a threat”.
Mr Trump later appealed to his supporters to keep the protests “peaceful” at the Capitol.
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Donald Trump tweeted: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence!
“Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
In a video later posted on Twitter, Mr Trump asked his supporters to “go home”, while claiming the results of the election were fraudulent and he feels their “pain”.
President-elect Joe Biden, who is due to be inauguration later this month, condemned the behaviour of protesters at the Capitol calling it bordering on “sedition”.
Mr Biden said: “Let me be very clear, the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect the true America, do not represent who we are.
“What we’re seeing are a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness.”
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