We know now that President Trump is just not going to attend. How do you are feeling about that call?
It offers the committee an additional chair. You know—I’m glad he is not going to be there. That is just not what that day is about to me.
What do you assume is the greatest course of motion relating to President Trump? Speaker Pelosi is saying that if the twenty fifth Amendment is just not invoked to take away him, the House will transfer to question him once more. Do you help that?
Well, I supported impeachment earlier than. I feel he ought to resign. I feel he ought to go away. We must put the strain on…since you simply do not know what he will do any day. But my function proper now could be to make sure that the inauguration is secure, and we consider it is going to be, and to proceed to a brand new administration.
You talked about Sen. Cruz a number of occasions in your speech simply earlier than the assault. I see colleagues like Sen. Chris Coons calling on him to resign. Do you assume he ought to resign?
Right now, my focus is on serving to Joe Biden. It’s about maintaining our Capitol secure, and it is about bringing to justice the those that dedicated this violence. I feel that each Senator [Josh] Hawley and Senator Cruz have been severely broken inside their very own celebration. I do know this from speaking to different Republicans. Look at how they obtained no votes and no help.
How do you go ahead now, with the new Biden administration, to restore, each after the assault and the previous 4 years of trauma underneath Trump? What is your focus as we transfer into this subsequent part?
We’re going to be investigating by the Homeland Security Committee, and my committee, the Rules Committee goes to get to the backside of every part that has occurred. I feel that the first half of that is bringing folks to justice, bringing expenses towards those that perpetrated these violent crimes. To brush the glass underneath the door and simply repair each window—which of course must be accomplished—with out acknowledging what occurred right here could be an enormous mistake. Part of therapeutic is accountability. The second factor is, what I’m going to do and Joe Biden’s going to do, is finish the grim period of demonization. For individuals who truly could have supported Trump, however need to make this nation a greater place, it is time to work as a crew and unite, as a result of not everybody was in the indignant mob that mobbed the Capitol, proper? We must keep in mind that—even when they do not agree with us on every part. We had a quantity of Republicans who sided with us on acknowledging and congratulating Joe Biden on being president. Vaccine distribution…bringing our financial system again…it should get accomplished quicker and higher if we will work collectively.
Loads of the public religion has been misplaced as a result of of the Trump period. We have our work reduce out for us—I do know that—however I feel that having a forward-looking agenda as an alternative of having a president that wakes up each morning and says, “How can I get revenge against someone I hate?” and as an alternative says, “How many cases of coronavirus are there in Duluth, Minnesota today,” that will be an enormous enchancment.