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Published on January 10, 2021 6:52 PM

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U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office while arriving back at the White House. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Some congressional Republicans are urging President Donald Trump to leave office early of his own volition as Democrats prepare articles of impeachment for the second time in Trump's tenure.

"I think the best way for our country … is for the president to resign and go away as soon as possible," Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Sunday in an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press," joining Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in calling for the president's resignation.

Toomey, who isn't seeking reelection in 2022, acknowledged that Trump's resignation "may not be likely" but reiterated "that would be best" after the president incited a deadly insurrection against the Capitol last week after falsely claiming for months that the election was stolen from him.

Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden in the Electoral College, 306 to 232, and trailed him by more than 7 million votes in the national popular vote. Every state — and Congress itself — certified the results of the presidential election, and Trump himself finally conceded last week that "a new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20."

Fifty-six percent of Americans said they believe Trump should be removed from office before his term expires, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday, with 67 percent of respondents saying Trump deserves a "good amount" or "great deal" of blame for the attack on the Capitol.