Mike Pence Refuses to Invoke 25th Amendment to Remove Donald Trump
The US Vice President said Tuesday evening that it was “not in the best interest” of the nation to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution in order to remove Donald Trump from the White House before the end of its mandate. On Wednesday, the elected representatives of the House of Representatives should therefore vote a new “impeachment”, that is to say the indictment of the president.
US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, January 12, refused to invoke the 25th amendment to the Constitution to dismiss Donald Trump, which paves the way for the launch, this week, of a historic second impeachment procedure against the Past President.
“I do not believe that such an act is in the best interest of our nation nor does it correspond to the Constitution,” Mike Pence wrote to Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi just before a vote in the lower house on a symbolic resolution requiring him to use this lever unheard of in American history.
His negative response guarantees that the Democrats will submit, as of Wednesday, for the consideration of the House the act accusing Donald Trump of having “incited to insurgency” during the violence against the Capitol on January 6, in a historic second procedure of “impeachment”.
In his letter, Mike Pence recalls that there are only a few days left before Donald Trump’s departure from the White House, scheduled for January 20. The 25th Amendment to the Constitution allows the vice president and a majority of the cabinet to declare the president “unfit” to hold office.
“According to our Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation,” says Mike Pence. “To apply it in this way would create a terrible case law”. “Every American was shocked and saddened by the attack on Capitol Hill last week,” he said.
Gathered on January 6 in Washington by Donald Trump to demonstrate against Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory, pro-Trump supporters then burst onto Capitol Hill during the parliamentary session. Unprecedented events in Washington and as a result of which five people died.
“Hang Mike Pence”
Mike Pence, who chaired the meeting, recalls in his letter that he had refused to block the certification of the results despite direct pressure, and public, from Donald Trump. In the crowd, some had also shouted “Hang Mike Pence”.
“Last week, I did not give in to pressure to exercise my power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now give in to the House of Representatives’ attempt to playing political games at such a serious time, “he wrote to Nancy Pelosi.
“I urge you and all members of Congress to avoid any action that would divide more deeply,” he continued. “Work with us to calm spirits and bring our country together as we prepare to invest” Joe Biden as the “Next President of the United States” on January 20.
Nancy Pelosi, she already has her eyes turned to “impeachment”, namely the indictment of the president. She revealed on Tuesday the team of “prosecutors” who will be responsible for carrying the case. Supported by a large number of Democrats, and with even the support of a handful of Republicans, the indictment targeting Donald Trump should be easily passed on Wednesday in the lower house.
When he left Washington on Tuesday morning, Donald Trump denounced this procedure, deeming it “totally ridiculous” and claiming that it aroused “immense anger” across the United States. And he stubbornly refused to admit any responsibility in the assault on Capitol Hill, deeming his speech to have been “quite appropriate”.