The United States’ House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved the resolution calling for the removal of President Donald Trump through the 25th Amendment in the wake of the violent siege of the US Capitol last week.
This followed hours after Vice-President Mike Pence made it clear that he won’t be invoking the amendment. However, the Democratic-led House voted 223-205 forcing Mr. Pence and a majority of the cabinet to do so and declare Trump “unfit” for office— eight days before his term ends on January 20.
Only one Republican, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois joined with the Democratic majority to vote. Although the Republican did almost nothing to stop the vote, they argued that the Congress has no role telling Pence what to do.
“The vice president has given you your answer, before you asked the question,” said Representative Dan Bishop, Republican of North Carolina. “Your ultimatum does violence to a core feature of the architecture of the Constitution.”
However, the vote also sets the stage for a separate one on Wednesday on the impeachment of Trump, who is accused of inciting insurrection, following the attack of the Capitol by his supporters.
Introduced by Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the 25th Amendment resolution demands Pence “to immediately use his powers under section 4 of the 25th Amendment to convene and mobilize the principal officers of the executive departments in the Cabinet to declare what is obvious to a horrified nation: That the President is unable to successfully discharge the duties of his office.”
It further calls on Pence to assume “the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
“We’re trying to tell him that the time of a 25th Amendment emergency has arrived,” Raskin had said upon arrival at the Capitol.
But Bruce Fein, a former U.S Deputy Attorney General on Wednesday told reporters that while there’s “utility” in invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution to remove US President Donald Trump, it may be a “futile exercise”
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