On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence stated his decision to not to invoke the 25th Amendment to the American Constitution to remove President Donald Trump from office. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he said that after the attack of last week on the Capitol, it is time for the nation to heal.
After the 6th January violation of the US Capitol by thousands of Trump’s supporters, Pelosi and House Democrats had urged Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
The 25th Amendment of the US Constitution was designed to mark presidential “incapacity or disability” and to accuse the House of Representatives of playing “political games”, said Pence. But on the non-binding 25th Amendment resolution, the Democrats plan to vote anyway even as soon as Wednesday they have also cast a vote to impeach the president for the second time.
Over the weekend, Pelosi said to colleagues in a letter, “We will act with urgency because this president represents an imminent threat. The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this president is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
As earlier Pence described Trump’s ire for rebuffing his calls to reject the results of the presidential election as an unconstitutional move, Democrats had hoped that Pence would call on the cabinet to remove Trump from power. Due to the 6th January riot at the US Capitol, the president has been widely rebuked as five people died and dozens were injured by the riot.
On Monday night, Trump and Pence met at the White House. As per a senior administration official, on behalf of the country, they had agreed to continue working for the remainder of their term, stipulating the intent of Pence of not invoking the 25th Amendment. Half of the cabinet’s support is needed to proceed with Pence’s decision.
On Tuesday, Trump said under the constitutional provision, he was at “zero risks” of removal. He also stated that for the attack on the Capitol, he should not be held responsible and his remarks that day to the supporters were “totally appropriate”. For causing “tremendous anger” across the nation, he blamed the impeachment effort taken by the Democrats.
After the attack of last week, Congressional Republicans are divided on how to respond to Trump. Earlier on Tuesday, the No. 3 Republican in the House, Representative Liz Cheney said, she would join with Democrats and vote to impeach the president.
If the House impeached Trump, to convict him, two-thirds of the Senate would be needed. Last year, Trump escaped removal from office when only Mitt Romney of Utah, a Republican senator voted with Democrats.
Even though before 20th Jan, when Trump leaves office, the Senate probably won’t be able to conclude the trial, but to prohibit Trump from again seeking federal office, Democrats plan to push forward with the second impeachment of Trump.