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Vermont Senate joins call for Trump resignation or removal

January 8, 2021 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate on Friday joined members of the House by condemning the breach of the U.S. Capitol and demanding that President Donald Trump resign or be removed from office.

The House voted on the resolution Thursday.

“All Senators make a hallowed promise to uphold and defend the constitution of our state and our nation when they take their oath of office,” Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint, a Democrat, said in a statement Friday. “Regardless of party, we share a clear and public commitment to the rule of law, to the people, and to the ideals of this great state, which were violated by the President and the extremists who attacked the Capitol.”

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On Wednesday, a violent mob loyal to Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn election results that were in favor of Democrat Joe Biden.

The Vermont lawmakers joined Republican Gov. Phil Scott, a frequent critic of Trump, who said Wednesday afternoon that the president should resign or be removed from office.