In a press call on Friday, Brown reiterated his call for Pence and the Trump cabinet to remove the president by invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, calling it a matter of national security. Absent that impeachment is an option, he said.
Brown also drew a sharp contrast between the heavy, militaristic police response to racial justice protesters at the Lincoln Memorial last summer and the less robust response at the U.S. Capitol; he called for answers from law enforcement and intelligence officials for answers.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, on Friday said he’ll call for hearings on security failures after the mob stormed the Capitol and interrupted the formal count of the Electoral College votes.
The lockdown, which lasted 4.5 hours, included 75 senators and staff members in a room at the Hart Building. The informal conversations ranged from whether the 25th Amendment should be invoked to what policies senators wanted to pursue on the banking and agriculture committees, Brown said.
“And just discussion of what is going to happen to our country: How do we fix this? And how do we disabuse the 30% of the Trump voters, of the electorate, that think that the election of Joe Biden was illegitimate? That has got to be fixed and we need Republican senators to stand up and help fix that by speaking out,” Brown said.
Brown said he encountered four apparent rioters while stopping for gas in Pennsylvania on his drive back to Ohio.
“They were all bragging to each other about how they broke security and got in the building. I was tempted to identify myself and say, ‘You know, what you did was committing a felony.’ But I just didn’t know if they had guns. I wasn’t interested in fighting with anybody like that.”