Vice-President Mike Pence has rejected the push to invoke the 25th Amendment to impeach his principal, President Donald Trump over his role in the Capitol riots.
Mr. Pence in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) late Tuesday said invoking the amendment would set a “terrible precedent” and that Democrats’ efforts amounted to political games.
He also urged lawmakers to “avoid taking actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment.”
Pence said; “With just eight days left in the President’s term, you and the Democratic Caucus are demanding that the Cabinet and I invoke the 25th Amendment,” Pence wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, referring to the process that would declare Trump unable to fulfill his duties and install Pence as acting president for the remainder of the term.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our Constitution,” he added.
However, the House in a rebuff to Pence’s insistence passed a resolution only a few hours after he made his intentions known.
The resolution demands Pence and the entire cabinet to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. Failure to do so, the House will again vote on Wednesday to begin impeachment and this time, with the support of Republicans.
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