Rudy Giuliani says 'shameful' Capitol riot was as 'criminal' as BLM protests after threatening 'trial by combat'
RUDY Giuliani has blasted the MAGA riots in DC as 'criminal" despite calling for a "trial by combat" before the violence erupted.
A mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building yesterday as lawmakers met to certify Joe Biden's election win.
But, with four people dead and many more injured, the president's personal lawyer Giuliani "condemned" the chaotic scenes.
He tweeted: "The violence at the Capitol was shameful.
"It was as criminal as the rioting and looting this summer which was not condemned strongly enough by the Left.
"This violence is condemned in the strongest terms.
"Our movement values respect for law and order and for the Police."
In a second tweet he said "our cause" is to "end voter fraud before it becomes a permanent tactic" of the Democratic Party.
This comes after Giuliani told thousands of fired-up MAGA fans yesterday that he wanted a "trial by combat" in Congress as he called on Mike Pence to overturn Biden’s win.
Speaking at the "Stop The Steal" rally, the ex-NYC mayor said: "Let's have trial by combat."
But as the dust settled on the violence in the Capitol and Biden was officially declared President-elect, Trump finally promised an "orderly transition" of power.
Yet, at the same rally where Guiliani spoke, Trump told his supporters to stay "strong" and to march on Washington.
He said: "We're going to walk down to the Capitol.
"And we're gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women.
"And we're probably not going to be cheering, so much for some of them, because you'll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong."
The carnage in the Capitol yesterday could cause reportedly serious repercussions within the Republican party.
Senior GOP members reportedly want to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, replacing him with Vice President Mike Pence.
The 25th amendment of the US Constitution allows the vice president to take office if the president should be "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".
Republicans are said to be "furious" at Trump for stirring up his supporters with false claims of election fraud, Axios reports.
Senior figures believe the brash firebrand has "disgraced" the party and encouraged the MAGA mob to "attack" American democracy, the report says.
And Trump's supporters "invading the sanctity of their chambers" yesterday was reportedly the last straw for many Republicans who now want the president banished from the party.
Political correspondents at both CNN and CBS also reported that bombshell talks to remove Trump from office are underway.
“I’m talking about actual members of the Cabinet,” CBS News' Margaret Brennan said, adding that "nothing formal (has) yet presented to VP Pence".
CNN's Jim Acosta tweeted: "Some cabinet members are holding preliminary discussions about invoking the 25th amendment to force Trump’s removal from office, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.
"It’s unclear whether the effort would ultimately be successful at this stage."
Senior State Department officials are encouraging 25th Amendment talks along with other officials at the White House, according to two sources, Axios reports.
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