House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn speaks on violence at the Capitol

VIDEO: House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn speaks on violence at the Capitol

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Congressman Jim Clyburn breaks silence and publicly talks about the attack on the Capitol.

The House Majority Whip said he knew Wednesday’s certification of the electoral college would be difficult, but he blames the chaos and violence on a breakdown of leadership.

“So it’s very clear that there was a total failure of leadership, and I want to emphasize that,” Clyburn said. “It was almost if they were getting their leadership teachings from the President of The United States. I think there needs to be a top down evaluation of that process.”

Congressman Clyburn also called on Republicans to invoke the 25th Amendment. It states that if the vice president and a majority of the executive department officers think the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, they can transfer that power to the vice president.

If that’s not done, Clyburn says the Democrats need to look at impeaching President Trump.

Clyburn says he believe a commission like that of the 9/11 attacks need to be created to investigate the violence and certain actions he says are suspicious. He included that none of the vandals so much as touched the office door with his name on it, yet the unnamed office where he spends most of his time was ransacked and his personal iPad was stolen out of its case.

“And something else was going on here,” Clyburn says. “My office, if you don’t know where it is, you ain’t going to find it by accident. And the one place where my name is on the door, that office is right on Statuary Hall. They didn’t touch that door, but they went into that other place where I do most of my work, they showed up there harassing my staff... They went where you won’t find my name, but they found where I was supposed to be. So something else was going on untoward here.”

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