Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump 'Deranged, Unhinged, Dangerous': 'There Should be Prosecution Against Him'

Eric Todisco
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is calling for President Donald Trump's removal from office after he incited the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol.

In an interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, airing on Sunday, the 80-year-old Democratic politician slammed Trump, 74, who faces mounting pressure from politicians on both sides of the aisle to step down.

"Sadly, the person who is running the Executive Branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States, and only a number of days until we can be protected from him," Pelosi said. "But he has done something so serious that there should be prosecution against him."

When Stahl asked if invoking the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to strip Trump of his power is still a possibility, Pelosi responded: "Nothing is off the table."

Alex Wong/Getty Images; Mark Wilson/Getty Images From left: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump

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Pelosi — who has already said that the House will move forward with articles of impeachment if Trump does not "immediately resign" — also discussed the likelihood of Trump pardoning himself in the final days of his presidency.

"He can only pardon himself from federal offenses, he cannot pardon himself form state offenses and that's where he is being investigated, in the state of New York," Pelosi explained to Stahl.

When Stahl pointed out that Trump could simply leave office and then run again for president in 2024, Pelosi said, "That's one of the motivations that people have for advocating for impeachment," adding, "Well I like the 25th Amendment because it gets rid of him, he's out of the office. But there is strong support in the Congress for impeaching the president a second time."

On Friday, Pelosi issued a statement after an hours-long meeting with the House Democratic Caucus and said the House is prepared to work towards impeaching Trump again should he not step down from office.

"Accordingly, the House will preserve every option – including the 25th Amendment, a motion to impeach or a privileged resolution for impeachment," Pelosi's statement said. "With great respect, our deliberations will continue."

Also on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a memo that said the earliest impeachment trial proceedings could begin would be Jan. 19 — just one day before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration — unless all 100 senators agree to act on received articles of impeachment beforehand, the Washington Post reported.

The Senate currently has two pro forma sessions scheduled for Jan. 12 and 15.

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The violence on Jan. 6 led to the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer, who sustained injuries "while physically engaging with protesters" at the riots.

Trump, who failed for hours to condemn the violent mob ransacking the Capitol or to tell them to go home, has remained relatively quiet since the attack, given the permanent suspension of his verified Twitter account.

However, the president did confirm on Friday that he will not be attending Biden's swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20.