Nancy Pelosi, the House’s spokeswoman, on Thursday called for President Trump’s impeachment over his role as a spur for a violent mob that stormed the Capitol and broke into the floor of the house the day before.
Ms. Pelosi called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment that allows him and the cabinet to take power from the presidency from Mr. Trump. Her remarks echoed a similar statement by New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader.
If Mr. Pence did not, Ms. Pelosi said she and other members of Congress “might be ready” to bring charges against the president a second time.
“The president has committed an indescribable attack on our nation and our people,” Ms. Pelosi said at a press conference in Washington.
Mr Trump only has 13 days left in his presidency. Since Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol, a number of Democrats and some Republicans have publicly stated that Mr Trump should not be allowed to end his term in office.
During the siege, Ms. Pelosi’s office was occupied and vandalized. Intruders in her suite overturned desks and smashed photos, and at least one person tore a piece of a wooden plaque marking the entrance to the speaker’s office from a wall.
Ms. Pelosi, a frequent target of Mr. Trump, described the events as “the horrors that will forever tarnish our nation’s history, caused by the President of the United States”.