Sen. Toomey calls for President Trump to resign from office


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey has called on President Trump to resign from office, in advance of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

Toomey is the second Republican Senator calling on Trump to resign, joining Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

He told Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union that while he voted for the president in November, a lot has changed since.

"The president's behavior after the election was wildly different than his behavior before. He descended into a level of madness and engaged in activity that was just absolutely unthinkable and unforgivable," he said.

Toomey went as far to say it would be for the good of the country for the president to resign, in light of Wednesday's riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump encouraged his supporters to show up to the Capitol, on the day Congress was to certify the Electoral College vote. Five people died that day, including a Capitol Police officer.

On the Democratic side, there's obviously an even bigger push to get Trump out of office.

The House plans to file articles of impeachment as soon as Monday.

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan said the impeachment is a symbol.

"This is to let future representatives of government (and) future elected officials such as this president understand that under no circumstances is this something we should tolerate," she said.

Other Republicans have expressed public distaste of Trump's actions. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said Trump "acted shamefully," and is considering supporting an impeachment effort.

"He will be remembered for having incited this and for having drawn more division in an already divided people," said Sasse. "That is who Donald Trump is. that is what his legacy will be."

The Senate doesn't reconvene until January 19, only one day before Biden takes over. 17 Republican votes would be needed to impeach the president.

Among other calls is a push for a vote to Trump never runs again, and for Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled, as they led the initial objections to the Electoral College results.

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