The State Department website vaguely claims that “Trump’s term has ended” today
The page has been edited at least twice, with two different periods, as follows: “Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:49:00” and “Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:22: 18.
A biographical page similar to Mike Pence has also been edited at least twice, and only read that “The Vice President’s term expired 2021-01-11 19:41:00”.
Both pages were cut offline on Monday afternoon.
The Independent Request for comment from the State Department; The White House referred the requests to the State Department.
A URL path on State Department websites leads to the “CVs” page, which includes only the resumes of members of the Pakistan American Women’s Council. There are no links to the President or Vice President resumes from that page.
It looks like both pages were generated in the past 24 hours.
The amendments have come as Democratic lawmakers prepare to pressure the Vice President to invoke Amendment 25 or impeach the president after he incited a fatal revolt on the U.S. Capitol, as pro-Trump riots stormed the halls of Congress in an attempt to interfere with the 2020 presidential election results that the president sought To cancel it.
A “disgruntled employee” of the State Department is believed to be responsible for the amendments, According to BuzzFeed News. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly ordered an internal investigation.
On Monday, Democratic House members submitted impeachment articles; The House of Representatives is set to vote on Wednesday, a week before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president.
House Republicans objected to a swift vote to urge the Vice President and Cabinet to remove the president from office by invoking the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The move prevented the measure from being considered with unanimous approval, forcing the House of Representatives to take a vote on the measure on Tuesday.
Congressman Jimmy Raskins’ decision calls on Mr. Pence to “convene and mobilize key officials of executive departments in the Cabinet to announce what is clear to a frightened nation: that the president is incapable of successfully carrying out the duties and powers of office.”