LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Several people in President Donald Trump's cabinet and inner circle have begun to distance themselves from him after Wednesday's chaos in Washington D.C., and now several congressional members -- including three of Nevada's delegation -- are calling for his impeachment and removal from office.
On Thursday night, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned from her post blaming her departure on Trump's "rhetoric" that led to the attack on Capitol Hill.
DeVos joined Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and several others in leaving the cabinet and the President's closest advisory circle.
Additional members of Nevada's congressional delegation have said they would support impeaching the president and begin removal proceedings.
"To me, the number one duty of the President of the United States is to protect the safety of all Americans, and inviting and inciting that type of violence and that kind of attack on our democracy I certainly feel it is grounds for removal," said Nevada Rep. Susie Lee of District 3.
Rep. Lee says impeachment proceedings and potential removal appear unlikely due to Trump's dwindling days in office.
"The vice president has said he is not going to invoke the 25th Amendment, that's off the table, and we have only 13 days left," explained Rep. Lee. "I personally don't believe that we are going to have an impeachment process completed in 13 days."
Rep. Steven Horsford, from Nevada's 4th District, says he supports impeachment and removal from office.
On Thursday, he tweeted he had signed on to Articles of Impeachment.
I just signed on to Articles of Impeachment to impeach and remove President Trump from office.— Rep. Steven Horsford (@RepHorsford) January 7, 2021
Yesterday, President Trump incited domestic terrorists to launch an insurrection against our democracy. He is a danger to our country -- and he must go. pic.twitter.com/zve8tNsqUX
Congresswoman Dina Titus, who represents Nevada's 1st District, tweeted she too would vote to impeach the president for a second time.
President Trump incited a violent mob of domestic terrorists who attempted to disrupt the peaceful transition of power and destroy our democracy. He is a clear and present danger to the republic. If given the opportunity, I would vote to impeach him again.— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) January 7, 2021
On Thursday, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto released a statement to 13 Investigates regarding the situation:
“I understand that the American people are seeking accountability for what happened yesterday. I’m working in a bipartisan way with my colleagues to protect the safety of the American people and the health of our democracy. Should removal proceedings - which must originate in the House - come to the Senate in the next two weeks, I’ll be ready to fulfill my constitutional responsibility and try the facts. No matter what else happens, Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th and I’ll continue to ensure we are prepared to work with him to move this country forward.”
Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen has not said publicly if she would support impeachment proceedings but did tweet Thursday regarding the attack in Washington D.C.
I'm horrified by the anti-Semitic rhetoric and symbols we witnessed yesterday – from a Member of Congress saying “Hitler was right on one thing” to a rioter inside the Capitol wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” shirt.— Senator Jacky Rosen (@SenJackyRosen) January 7, 2021
"I think the thing that I reflected on most yesterday while I was barricaded in my office calling my children telling them I was OK was just how fragile this democracy is, I think we need to reflect on the wounds that need to be healed in this country," said Rep. Lee.
13 Investigates reached out to Nevada's lone Republican Representative, Mark Amodei, but he was unavailable for an interview Thursday evening.