John Kelly Weighs in on if He Would Vote To Remove Trump

Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is being pressed on if he were still a member of the Cabinet if he would support invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump.

CNN’s Jake Tapper mentioned during a phone interview with Kelly on Thursday calls — by both Democrats and some Republicans — to invoke the 25th Amendment and asked the former Marine general if he supports “such an action.”

Kelly responded, “The Cabinet should meet and have a discussion. I don’t think it will happen, but I think the Cabinet should meet and discuss this.”

“The behavior yesterday and in the weeks and months before that has been outrageous from the president,” he added. “And what happened on Capitol Hill yesterday is a direct result of his poisoning the minds of people with the lies and the frauds.”

Noting Kelly used to be a member of the Cabinet, Tapper pressed, “If you were in the Cabinet right now, would you vote to remove him from office?”

After a slight pause, Kelly said, “Yes, I would,” before noting, “One thing we have going for us here, Jake, it’s only 13 more days.”

Watch Kelly’s interview below:

Kelly’s remarks come a day after violent protests broke out in the nation’s capital when Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol — on the day Congress met to formally ratify the Electoral College vote, which cemented President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

“I was horrified. Just an unbelievable scene at the Capitol,” Kelly also said during the interview.

He continued, “Frankly, the President’s actions and words didn’t surprise me at all, but I was very, very surprised that those people would assault the people’s house, do the damage they did and embarrass us all.”

See his comments below:

Previously, Kelly weighed in on the 2020 presidential election, where he declared that Trump’s failure to concede “hurts our national security,” as IJR reported.

Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Thursday that Trump’s conduct on Wednesday was a “betrayal of his office and supporters.”

Barr added that “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for Trump’s removal from office “by immediately invoking the 25th Amendment,” during her press conference on Thursday. She said, or else, “If the vice president and Cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) became the first Republican lawmaker to support invoking the 25th Amendment — which would remove Trump and put Vice President Mike Pence in charge, until Biden’s inauguration.

“It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment and end this nightmare,” Kinzinger said in a video message.

He added, “The president caused this. The president is unfit and the president is unwell. And the president now must relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily.”

Responses

  1. People who swore affidavits under the threat of perjury are liars? 74+ million people are fed up with this lack of government and as a former marine, Kelly should know better. The Democrats already tried removing Trump from office based on lies that came from a committee that Swalwell is on – it is obvious that he can’t keep it in his pants, so the Dems are going to keep trying.

  2. “it’s only 13 more days” John Kelly

    That’s not the point. It is just a coincidence. What if this had happened two years ago and he had a lot left in his term?

    The important thing to keep in mind is that, as a person with a LOY of power at his fingertips, he still has enough time left that he could continue to do things of consequence. The first thing that comes to mind is that he could give a blanket pardon to anyone involved in the attack on the Capitol Building. Who is going to stop him?

    Rarely has anyone ever stood up to him in his life, so it is not as if he has ever shown us much personal restraint. He needs to be reigned in before he can do any more damage to this country. WE need to learn from this because it sure seems as if HE doesn’t care and HE sure isn’t afraid to weild his power any way that HE wants. This is OUR country, not just his. We should remind him of that fact.

    1. General, for trump to be able to pardon the rioters, he would have to have their specific names. Another reason to move quickly to impeach trump.

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