Rep. Brian Mast criticized President Donald Trump’s lack of leadership as protests turned to riots last week. But the Stuart Republican said he won’t support impeaching the President and does not support demanding the Cabinet remove him.
Mast released a lengthy statement late Tuesday decrying the Capitol riots. But he also supported Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to reject invocation of the 25th Amendment to expel Trump from office. Looking toward an impeachment vote on Wednesday, Mast expressed concern at the move.
“As to the issue of removing President Trump from office, I agree with Vice President Pence that these consequential tools—the 25th Amendment and impeachment—are not a means of “punishment or usurpation” but require very specific thresholds to be met,” Mast said.
“In the case of the 25th Amendment, the standard is that the President is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,’ and in the case of impeachment that standard is ‘Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.’”
Mast made clear his frustration at Trump’s actions Wednesday, including a rally at the White House where the President encouraged supporters to go to the Capitol where President-elect Joe Biden’s victory was being certified. “We’re not