Created: January 13, 2021 06:33 AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Seventy-five New York State lawmakers have signed a letter to Congress to call on members to immediately remove President Donald Trump from his office.
The letter comes as the house is expected to start debating the article of impeachment against the president Wednesday, the charge is for inciting violence against the nation in connection to last Wednesday's violent breach of the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer.
It was written by Democratic Albany Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, who called the riot "an attempted coup and extraordinary act of domestic terrorism." The signatures of 75 Democrats, including Rochester area Assemblymember Harry Bronson, and Demon Meeks, are written on a second page.
The letter says in part:
"The United States Capitol is the most recognizable symbol of democracy around the world and we share your dismay and disgust at the insurrection that occurred." It goes on to say "This is a day that will live in infamy in American history - enabled and incited by the words and actions of the sitting president."
On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence blocked an attempt to remove Trump by use of the 25th amendment and urged the house to not attempt impeachment, as he says it could impact the peaceful transition of power to President-Elect Joe Biden.
Across the aisle, local Republican Congressman, John Katko said he'd vote to impeach Trump, while fellow Congressman Tom Reed introduced a resolution to censure the president.
Additionally, Fahy called the situation "stunning and unacceptable behavior" and urged swift repercussions.
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