Vice President Mike Pence refuses to invoke 25th Amendment
WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter late Tuesday that he will not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence wrote in a letter to a speaker.
Pence praised Pelosi and others for their leadership in the aftermath of last week’s attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, calling it “a moment that documented to the American people that unity is still possible in Congress when it is needed most.”
But Pence said he did not yield then to pressure “to exert power beyond my constitutional duty to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not yield now to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our Nation.”
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Pence’s letter comes as House Democrats are calling on him to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office or they will begin impeachment proceedings against the president. It also came a day after Trump met with Pence for the first time since last week’s violence.
Pence faces criticism from some Republicans – and praise from others – for defying the president’s demand that he reject the results of the election as Congress met last week to count Electoral College votes. Despite Trump’s protestations, Pence noted he had no power to reject the votes and ultimately announced Biden as the winner of the election.
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