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Trump Did Not Check on Pence During U.S. Capitol Siege and They Haven't Spoken Since

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President Donald Trump is increasingly isolated in the wake of the deadly mob attack by his supporters on the U.S. Congress last week.

Banned from Twitter for inciting violence, Trump is unable to communicate with his supporters as calls for his removal grow not just among Democrats, but among leading members of his own party in the United States' Senate.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is expected to move forward with an unprecedented second impeachment on Monday and charge Trump with "incitement to insurrection" for his role in the mob attack that left five people dead including a police officer.

Trump also appears increasingly isolated within his own administration.

Trump did not check on Pence during the siege and they have not spoken since; two Cabinet secretaries have resigned; and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has cut short his overseas trip to facilitate the transition to the Biden administration.

Here's what you need to know right now:

Trump's golf course will no longer host 2022 PGA Championship

PGA of America's board voted to move the 2022 PGA Championship away from President Donald Trump's golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"The PGA of America Board of Directors voted tonight to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster," said Jim Richerson, president of PGA of America.

The Associated Press reported that the PGA previously removed an event from one of the president's golf courses when in 2015 it canceled the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Los Angeles Golf Club. The AP reported that move came after Trump made disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants as he sought the Republican nomination for president.

— Christine Wang

Pelosi says House Democrats to proceed in efforts to remove Trump

House Democrats are ramping up pressure on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, adding they plan to move forward on impeachment if other efforts to remove President Donald Trump from office fail.

In a Sunday evening letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will try to introduce a resolution by unanimous consent calling on Pence and the Cabinet to declare Trump incapable of performing the duties of the office and remove him.

"In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both," Pelosi said. "As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action."

Unanimous consent allows the House to quickly move legislation without having representatives present, but an objection from any lawmaker can hold up the measure. If Democrats do not get unanimous consent, Pelosi said they plan to bring the legislation to the floor the following day.

NBC News previously reported, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter, that Pence is not inclined to invoke the 25th Amendment and sees the step as "impractical."

Pelosi called on Pence to respond within 24 hours. She also said the House would bring impeachment legislation to the floor, without specifying a timeframe.

— Christine Wang

Biden calls the family of fallen officer to offer his condolences

US Capital police stand at attention as the casket with fallen police officer, Brian Sicknick, passes during a funeral procession in Washington, DC on January 10, 2021.
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US Capital police stand at attention as the casket with fallen police officer, Brian Sicknick, passes during a funeral procession in Washington, DC on January 10, 2021.

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden called the family of fallen U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick on Sunday to offer his condolences, two Biden officials tell NBC News.

On Sunday afternoon, thousands of off-duty officers lined the streets of Capitol Hill to watch the silent procession for Sicknick and render a final salute. Shortly after Sicknick's American flag-draped casket passed, officers and bystanders clapped in tribute.

Biden publicly expressed his sympathies for Sicknick's family and called the pro-Trump riot that took his life "sickening," during an address from Wilmington, Delaware on Friday.

Vice President Mike Pence reached out to Sicknick's family to extend his condolences while President Donald Trump has yet to do so, according to a New York Times report.

— Amanda Macias

Cicilline says there are 210 co-sponsors on article of impeachment against Trump

David Cicilline, D-R.I., said on Sunday that there are now 210 co-sponsors on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

"We are going to hold Donald Trump accountable for last week's assault on the Capitol," Cicilline wrote in a tweet. The article of impeachment accuses Trump of "incitement to insurrection."

House lawmakers are set to introduce the articles of impeachment on Monday though no votes are expected then. It's unclear which, if any, articles of impeachment House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership will vote on.

Pelosi said on Friday that the House is prepared to move forward with an impeachment motion unless Trump resigns.

Emma Newburger

Men who allegedly had zip-tie hand cuffs in Capitol riot arrested

Protesters enter the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump.
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Protesters enter the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump.

Federal authorities arrested and charged two men alleged to have had plastic hand restraints at the U.S. Capitol, the Justice Department said Sunday.

Larry Brock, of Texas, and Eric Munchel, of Tennessee, had been identified online by analysts as the men who wore tactical gear and brought zip-tie handcuffs onto the Senate floor in Wednesday's riot that forced lawmakers into hiding.

Brock, an Air Force veteran, was the subject of a New Yorker article, in which he confirmed that he was the man in the photographs but claimed to have found the makeshift handcuffs amid the riot.

Each man was charged with one count of knowingly entering restricted grounds and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Brock was "wearing a green helmet, green tactical vest with patches, black and camo jacket, and beige pants holding a white flex cuff, which is used by law enforcement to restrain and/or detain subjects," according to a Justice Department press release.

Munchel, the release said, was "carrying plastic restraints, an item in a holster on his right hip, and a cell phone mounted on his chest with the camera facing outward, ostensibly to record events that day."

Rioters in the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC., as Congress held a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump.
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Rioters in the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC., as Congress held a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump.

Tucker Higgins

Trump orders flags at half-staff to honor police officer killed in pro-Trump riot

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. flag at half-staff on Sunday evening, days after Congress did so, as "a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice" of U.S. Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, who died last week from injuries suffered while engaging Trump supporters who were rioting.

Trump also extended the order to include U.S. Capitol police officer Howard Liebengood,  who died over the weekend. Liebengood was among the officers who responded to the rioting last week, according to Capitol Police.

Liebengood's cause of death remains unclear.

The flag atop the White House was lowered to half-staff on Sunday afternoon, four days after the president's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed the lowering of the flag at the U.S. Capitol.

The New York Times had previously reported that Trump had not given the order to lower the flag and had also not reached out to the family of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. Vice President Mike Pence called the family to offer his condolences.

— Amanda Macias

Marriott will pause donations to lawmakers who voted against Electoral College certification

A detailed view of the exterior of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge on March 27, 2020.
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A detailed view of the exterior of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge on March 27, 2020.

Marriott International will suspend donations to the GOP lawmakers who objected to accepting Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, a spokeswoman said.

"We have taken the destructive events at the Capitol to undermine a legitimate and fair election into consideration and will be pausing political giving from our Political Action Committee to those who voted against certification of the election," Julie Rollend, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an email.

The announcement comes as the business community in general has started to distance itself from elements of the GOP, including President Donald Trump, following the riots in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday that sought to violently overturn or delay Trump's defeat.

Eight senators and 139 members of the House of Representatives, all Republicans, voted to sustain objections to the Electoral College results in Arizona, Pennsylvania or both. Those objections were based on the false allegations of widespread fraud that also animated the mob that attacked the Capitol.

Marriott's political action committee gave about $200,000 in the 2020 cycle, including about $90,000 to Republicans, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Marriott's announcement was earlier reported by Popular Information.

NYPD assisting Capitol Police to investigate whether officers participated in riots

Police officers in riot gear line up as protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Police officers in riot gear line up as protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

The New York Police Department is coordinating with U.S. Capitol Police to investigate whether any New York police officers participated in Wednesday's pro-Trump riots at the Capitol, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that at least two officers in Seattle were placed on leave after social media posts showed they were in Washington on Wednesday.

Departments in California, Washington state and Texas are also investigating their officers for alleged involvement based on tips and social media posts, according to The Post.

Emma Newburger

White House lowers flag to half-staff

WASHINGTON – The flag atop the White House was lowered to half-staff on Sunday afternoon, in an apparent effort to honor the slain police officer who died after the president's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

It was not immediately clear why the White House moved to lower the flag on Sunday. On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed the lowering of the flag at the U.S. Capitol.

The New York Times had previously reported that Trump had not given the order to lower the flag and had also not reached out to the family of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. Vice President Mike Pence called the family to offer his condolences.

— Amanda Macias

D.C. mayor says preparations for Biden inauguration must be different after Capitol attack

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks at press conference addressing how the city is responding to breaching of the U.S. Capitol on the day before in Washington, DC on January 7, 2020.
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Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks at press conference addressing how the city is responding to breaching of the U.S. Capitol on the day before in Washington, DC on January 7, 2020.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to take extra security measures for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration following the deadly Capitol attack last week.

"Given the events of last week, this inauguration preparation has to be different than any other inauguration preparation," Bowser said during an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation."

The mayor asked that the department extend the length of the National Special Security Event status to Jan 11 and extend the perimeter of coverage to include the Capitol. Bowser will also request President Trump to declare a pre-emergency declaration for D.C. to allow for additional federal coordination.

Emma Newburger

FBI receives 40,000 tips on Capitol rioters

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents arrive at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents arrive at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Jan. 6, 2021.

WASHINGTON – The FBI has received 40,000 online tips from the public on the identification of people who took part in the deadly pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol last week.

FBI agents working on the investigation are using facial recognition technology to help with the digital materials that have been submitted.

On Thursday, the FBI requested the public to send "tips and digital media depicting rioting or violence in and around the U.S. Capitol."

"If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol," the agency said in a subsequent statement.

—Amanda Macias

Trump to head to Texas as calls for removal mount

President Donald Trump delivers a speech during a tour of the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig in Midland, Texas, U.S., July 29, 2020.
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President Donald Trump delivers a speech during a tour of the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig in Midland, Texas, U.S., July 29, 2020.

President Donald Trump will head to Alamo, Texas on Tuesday, as calls for his removal from office continue to grow. The trip comes in his last full week in office.

A White House spokesman, Judd Deere, said the trip is "to mark the completion of more than 400 miles of border wall — a promise made, promise kept — and his Administration's efforts to reform our broken immigration system."

Trump campaigned on building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and has sought to make the tightening of the immigration system a central aspect of his legacy.

But the trip, which may be his first public appearance since a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, is likely to be subsumed by furor in Washington and a possible vote on impeachment in the House of Representatives.

Tucker Higgins

Trump has not ordered flags fly at half-staff to honor slain U.S. Capitol officer

An American flag flies above the White House in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.
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An American flag flies above the White House in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has not ordered flags to fly at half-staff on federal buildings to honor the police officer who was killed in the U.S. Capitol riot sparked by the president's supporters, according to The New York Times.

Trump has not reached out to the family of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, according to the report. Vice President Mike Pence called the family to offer his condolences.

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed the lowering of the flag at the U.S. Capitol.

— Amanda Macias

Capitol physician warns Congress members of possible Covid exposure following riot

Protesters interact with Capitol Police inside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Protesters interact with Capitol Police inside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the attending Capitol physician, sent a memo to Congress members and staff Sunday, warning them of a possible Covid-19 exposure following the Capitol Hill riot.

"On Wednesday January 6, many members of the House community were in protective isolation in room located in a large committee hearing space. The time in this room was several hours for some and briefer for others. During this time, individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection," the letter said.

Several members of Congress were not wearing a mask as seen in this Punchbowl News video while in the room.

Dr. Monahan is recommending that all individuals who were inside the isolation room get a Covid test next week as a precaution. Additionally, he encourages them to do a daily symptom inventory check, wear masks and to social distance.

— Jade Scipioni

GOP Sen. Blunt says there's no possibility of impeachment and removal before Jan. 20

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO
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Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO

GOP Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said that impeachment and removal is "clearly not going to happen" while Trump is in office during an interview on CBS News's "Face The Nation" on Sunday.

"Is there any likelihood that he could possibly be removed between now and Jan. 20? And if there is no additional ensuing event, my belief is there is no possibility of that," Blunt, a member of the Republican Senate leadership, said.

Democrats intend to introduce an article of impeachment into the House of Representatives as early as this week, citing Trump's instigation of the riot that consumed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., has raised the possibility of not sending impeachment to the Senate until after President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Such a maneuver, which has never been done in the presidential context and remains untested in court, would theoretically prevent Trump from running for office in the future.

Blunted added that he viewed the president's actions as "clearly reckless."

"The country is the right way to hold president's accountable. The president touched the hot stove on Wednesday and is unlikely to touch it again," he said.

Tucker Higgins

House could vote on impeachment this week, Clyburn says, but might not send to Senate until later

U.S. House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee Chairman James E. Clyburn (D-SC).
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U.S. House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee Chairman James E. Clyburn (D-SC).

WASHINGTON –House Majority Whip James Clyburn on Sunday said the vote on whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump a second time could happen as early as this week.

Clyburn said on CNN's "State of the Union" that House Democrats may fast-track an impeachment vote but could hold off until later to send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate.

"Let's give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running, and maybe we'll send the articles sometime after that," the South Carolina Democrat said, citing concerns that Trump's impeachment would distract lawmakers as well as hamper the incoming Biden administration.

Clyburn also said that the stunning phone call between Trump and Georgia's Republican secretary of state should also be included in the articles of impeachment. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger resisted pressure from the president to change Georgia's election results.

"That is impeachable and I think it should be brought into the discussion," Clyburn said. "We in the House of Representatives have a responsibility to maintain the integrity of a federal election," he said, adding that "we must voice disapproval over what the president did."

—Amanda Macias

Chris Christie says he would vote for impeachment if he were in Congress

Chris Christie, former Governor of New Jersey, center, speaks with attendees following the announcement of U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.
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Chris Christie, former Governor of New Jersey, center, speaks with attendees following the announcement of U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that if he were in Congress he would vote to impeach President Donald Trump and that "there's not a whole lot of question here."

"That's exactly what I would do," Christie said on ABC's "This Week," when asked if he would vote to impeach.

"I think if inciting to insurrection isn't [grounds for impeachment] then I don't really know what is," Christie said.

The Republican former official was removed as the head of Trump's transition team shortly after the president's 2016 victory.

The comments appear to be something of a reversal for Christie.

As recently as Friday, Christie told The New Yorker that he didn't think an impeachment was "practical" and suggested that Congress had already rebuked the president enough.

"I think that message has been sent. And I think the reaction you saw from the president in the speech he gave last night shows that message has been sent," he told the magazine.

The same day, he told Bloomberg that Trump should face "consequences" but did not elaborate.

Tucker Higgins

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Assault on Congress like mob attacks in Nazi Germany

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling last week's deadly mob attack on the U.S. Congress "the day of broken glass," comparing it to the 1938 "Night of Broken Glass" carried out by Nazi mobs in Germany against Jewish stores and institutions.

"I grew up in Austria, I'm very aware of Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass. It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys," Schwarzenegger said in a video posted to his Twitter feed.

"Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States," he continued. "The broken glass was in the windows of the United States' Capitol."

"They did not just break down the doors of the building that Housed American democracy. They trampled the very principles on which our country was founded," Schwarzenegger said, who recounted traumatic childhood experiences growing up in Austria after the Second World War.

—Spencer Kimball

Manchin: 'No doubt' Trump should be impeached

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WVA) removes his mask to speak as bipartisan members of the Senate and House gather to announce a framework for fresh coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief legislation at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 1, 2020.
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Senator Joe Manchin (D-WVA) removes his mask to speak as bipartisan members of the Senate and House gather to announce a framework for fresh coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief legislation at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 1, 2020.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Sunday said President Donald Trump should be impeached, but cast doubt on the practicality of the process with so little time left until Trump's term expires, and suggested the president could face legal consequences when he leaves office.

Manchin, the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, said during an interview on CNN that there's "no doubt" the president should be impeached following Wednesday's violent attack on the Capitol.

"You got a political path and you have a judicial path. I think the judicial path could give us the best results," Manchin said.

But the lawmaker has expressed skepticism over whether there would be enough time for an impeachment trial in the Senate, and urged Congress on Sunday to focus on the incoming Biden administration and vaccine distribution rather than take the "political route" of impeachment.

Emma Newburger

Capitol Police to increase travel security for Congress members at airports

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is escorted by security personnel as Trump supporters berate him, at Reagan National Airport in Washington, U.S. January 8, 2021, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Courtesy of Oreo Express/Social
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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is escorted by security personnel as Trump supporters berate him, at Reagan National Airport in Washington, U.S. January 8, 2021, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Courtesy of Oreo Express/Social

The U.S. Capitol Police has partnered with the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority to increase security for Congress members at airports after some lawmakers have been harassed traveling to and from Washington D.C.

A "House Alert" was to sent to Congress members on Saturday issuing the travel security notification.

Officials warned that members and staff should "remain vigilant of their surrounding and immediately report anything unusual or suspicious." Lawmakers are also encouraged to submit their flight itineraries to House Security officials to "ensure an increased security posture."

"Agents from the U.S. Capitol Police will also be stationed at BWI, IAD and DCA airports through the Inauguration to assist in security coordination," the memo said.

—Jade Scipioni

GOP Sen. Pat Toomey calls for Trump to resign immediately

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) quickly walks past reporters as he arrives for the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) quickly walks past reporters as he arrives for the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.

GOP Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said on Sunday that he believes President Donald Trump should resign immediately, but stopped short of calling for him to be impeached so close to the end of his term.

"I think at this point, with just a few days left, it's the best path forward, the best way to get this person in the rear view mirror for us," Toomey said of Trump resigning during an interview on CNN's State of the Union. "That could happen immediately. I'm not optimistic it will, but I do believe that would be the best way forward."

Toomey is the second GOP senator to publicly call for Trump's resignation since a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski called on Trump to resign on Friday. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska has said he is open to considering impeachment articles if they are presented to the Senate.

The Pennsylvania senator, who announced in October he would not run for reelection when his term ends in 2022, also said that Trump had committed impeachable offenses. But as a practical matter, he said, "there may not be a viable impeachment route at this point," with President-elect Joe Biden due to assume office in just over a week.

Democrats have pushed for Trump to resign and for Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to initiate removal proceedings under the 25th Amendment. With those outcomes unlikely, Democrats are readying to introduce an impeachment article in the House of Representatives as early as Monday.

-- Tucker Higgins

Pence not inclined to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump

Vice President Mike Pence is not currently inclined to invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to begin the process of removing President Donald Trump from office, multiple sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

Sources close to Pence told NBC News that the step is viewed as "impractical." The 25th Amendment would require majority support from Trump's Cabinet. Trump is allowed to contest the move, which would send the issue to Congress where a two-thirds vote would then be required to remove him.

CNN reported late Saturday that Pence had not ruled out invoking the 25th Amendment. However, a source told NBC News that the preferred approach is to let "the clock run out."

CNBC reported last week that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held informal discussions within their agencies about the 25th Amendment. However, they concluded that the process would take more than a week, which would dilute its impact given the reality that President-elect Joe Biden will assume office on Jan. 20.

Mnuchin has cut short his overseas trip to return to the U.S. to facilitate the transition to the Biden administration, a source told CNBC Saturday. Mnuchin's decision to return early has nothing to do with the 25th Amendment, the source said.

— Spencer Kimball

Trump has not called Pence since deadly Capitol riots

President Donald Trump has not called Vice President Mike Pence since the deadly U.S. Capitol riots last week, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News.

As the pro-Trump mob was attacking Congress last Wednesday, Pence had to be evacuated to a secure location in the Capitol. During the attack, Trump did not check on Pence's safety, two sources familiar with matter told NBC News.

Some Pro-Trump rioters were calling for Pence to be hanged. Trump still has not condemned the threats of violence against Pence, but the White House has issued a statement on Saturday.

"We strongly condemn all calls to violence, including those against any member of this administration," White House spokesman Judd Deere said.

In the buildup to the attack on the Capitol, Trump was pressuring Pence to reject the Electoral College votes from swing states that delivered President-elect Joe Biden his victory. Pence does not have the constitutional authority to reject electoral votes, and he refused to do so.

The mob stopped Congress from counting the Electoral College votes for several hours Wednesday. The joint session of Congress, in which Pence presided, confirmed Biden's victory later Thursday when it reconvened.

— Spencer Kimball

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