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Adam Kinzinger. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Thursday called on members of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would remove President Trump from office for not being able to perform his duties and replace him with Vice President Pence until the end of the term.

Why it matters: Kinzinger — a frequent critic of the president — is the first Republican member of Congress to call for the move, which has long been dismissed as a liberal fantasy as it would require the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet.

What he's saying: "Sadly, yesterday, it became evident that not only has the president abdicated his duty to the American people and the People's House. He invoked and inflamed passions that only gave fuel to the insurrection that we saw here," Kinzinger said.

  • "When pressed to move and denounce the violence, he barely did so while, of course, victimizing himself and seeming to give a wink and a nod to those doing it. All indications are that the president has become unmoored not just from his duty or even his oath, but from reality itself," he continued.
  • "It is for this reason that I call for the vice president and members of the Cabinet to ensure the next few weeks are safe for the American people and that we have a sane captain of the ship."
  • "It's time to invoke the 25th Amendment and to end this nightmare ... The president caused this, the president is unfit and the president is unwell, and the president must now relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily."

Go deeper: Republicans consider drastic options to stop Trump

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Kamala Harris sworn in as vice president

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In a historic inauguration, Kamala Harris was sworn in on Wednesday as the vice president of the United States.

Why it matters: Harris is the first woman, Black American and Indian American to serve as vice president in U.S. history. In addition to serving as Biden's No. 2, she will act as a critical tie-breaking vote in the 50-50 Senate.

Trump gives farewell address: "We did what we came here to do"

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President Trump gave a farewell video address on Tuesday, saying that his administration "did what we came here to do — and so much more."

Why it matters, via Axios' Alayna Treene: The address is very different from the Trump we've seen in his final weeks as president — one who has refused to accept his loss, who peddled conspiracy theories that fueled the attack on the Capitol, and who is boycotting his successor's inauguration. 

Read: Pete Buttigieg's opening statement ahead of confirmation hearing

Pete Buttigieg, President Biden's nominee to be secretary of transportation, in December. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AFP via Getty Images

Pete Buttigieg, President Biden's nominee to lead the Transportation Department, will tell senators he plans to prioritize the health and safety of public transportation systems during the pandemic — and look to infrastructure projects to rebuild the economy — according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by Axios.

Driving the news: Buttigieg will testify at 10 a.m. ET before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He is expected to face a relatively smooth confirmation process, though GOP lawmakers may press him on "green" elements of Biden's transportation proposals.