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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after House Republicans blocked a request for Unanimous Consent to take up legislation by Congressman Jamie Raskin calling on the Vice President to mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment to remove the President:

“On Wednesday, the President incited a deadly insurrection against America that targeted the very heart of our Democracy.  The President represents an imminent threat to our Constitution, our Country and the American people, and he must be removed from office immediately.

“Today, in pro forma session, Leader Hoyer introduced a Unanimous Consent request to take up legislation by Congressman Jamie Raskin calling on the Vice President to mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment to remove the President. 

“The House Republicans rejected this legislation to protect America, enabling the President’s unhinged, unstable and deranged acts of sedition to continue.  Their complicity endangers America, erodes our Democracy, and it must end.

“The House will next take up the Raskin legislation in regular order to call upon the Vice President to activate the 25th Amendment to remove the President.  We are further calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours after passage. 

“As our next step, we will move forward with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor.  The President’s threat to America is urgent, and so too will be our action.”