(The Hill) – Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) called the White House Jan. 6 and said lawmakers would ask Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to impeach then-President Donald Trump, if he didn’t condemn the Capitol rioters more, according to a new book by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.
“This Will Not Pass” says Graham furiously called White House attorney Pat Cipollone as the riot unfolded on Jan. 6, 2021, Axios reported.
“We’ll ask you for the 25th Amendment” if Trump doesn’t do more to condemn the rioters, Graham told Cipollone.
Graham’s office told The Hill it had no comment on the incident.
The 25th Amendment allows the Vice President and the majority of the Cabinet to issue a written statement to the Senate and Congress that the President is unable to perform his or her powers. This move would allow the vice president to assume the powers of acting president.
The use of the amendment was frequently discussed during Trump’s presidency.
According to Martin-Burns’ book, Graham said he hoped the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol would unite the country as he left the building that night, according to Axios.
“People will say, ‘I don’t want to be associated with that.’ … There will be a rallying effect for a while, says the country: we are better than that, ”said Graham.
After the Capitol attack, Graham lashed out at Trump in February of last year, saying Trump would be remembered for his role in the riot.
But Graham remained a Trump ally who occasionally plays golf with the former president.
Trump is now flirting with a new run for the White House.
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