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Ex-Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly supports 25th Amendment to remove president

FILE - President Donal Trump participates in the swearing-in of former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, July, 31, 2017. (FIle photo)
FILE - President Donal Trump participates in the swearing-in of former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, July, 31, 2017. (FIle photo)Doug Mills/NYT

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said President Trump’s Cabinet should consider invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove the president from office after a violent mob of Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol Wednesday as Congress certified the results of the Nov. 3 election.

In an interview on CNN, Kelly, who also served in Trump’s Cabinet as Homeland Security secretary, called Trump’s behavior in recent months “outrageous” but doubts the Cabinet will act to remove him from office.

“I think, Jake, that the Cabinet should meet and have a discussion,” Kelly said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper broadcast Thursday. “I don’t think it’ll happen, but I think the Cabinet should meet and discuss this because the behavior yesterday and in the weeks and months before, they’re just outrageous from the president. What happened on Capitol Hill yesterday is a direct result of his poisoning the minds of people with the lies and the fraud.”

Kelly’s comments came on a day when a growing number of current and other former members of Trump’s Cabinet and staff called for his removal. The president incited hundreds of rioters dressed in Trump flags and hats that broke into the Capitol as a joint session of Congress certified the electoral college votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

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If he were still a Cabinet member, Kelly, a retired four-star general who grew up in Brighton, said he would vote to remove Trump.

“Yes, I would,” Kelly said in response to a question from Tapper.

He went on to say that with less than two weeks left in his term, Trump is losing influence among his Cabinet and fellow Republicans. He singled out Vice President Mike Pence, who rejected pressure from Trump to overturn the election results.

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“He can give all the orders he wants, and no one is going to break the law, and we saw Mike Pence, Vice President Pence, stand his ground yesterday,” Kelly said.