VP PENCE OPPOSES 25TH AMENDMENT TO IMPEACH TRUMP DESPITE HOUSE VOTE
The United States vice president Mike Pence has rejected the call from Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Donald Trump from office following the attack on the Capitol hill last week by the President's supporters.
Pence made his intention known in a letter addressed to speaker Pelosi on Tuesday, January 11 that he would not invoke the 25th amendment.
The House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, had passed a resolution mounting pressure on the VP to use the powers in the amendment to remove Donald Trump from power in the wake of the violent attack on the Capitol building on January 6.
The Democrat leader received Pence's letter several hours before the official vote was passed by the House.
"I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution," Pence said in his letter.
The vice president argued that removing Trump with just eight days left of his term in office would not be "in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution."
He also defended his decision by pointing out that he had also refused the president's demands that he overturn the official confirmation of Joe Biden's electoral victory.
"Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority and I will not yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our Nation," he added.
The vice president also vowed to work together with the incoming Biden administration to "ensure an orderly transition of power.
"I urge you and every member of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment. Work with us to lower the temperature and unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States.
"I pledge to you that I will continue to do my part to work in good faith with the incoming administration to ensure an orderly transition of power. So help me God."
Earlier on Tuesday Trump said the 25th Amendment was of “zero risk” to him.
While addressing the House on Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of “fanning the flames” of violence.
“The president’s actions demonstrate his absolute inability to discharge the most basic functions and duties of his office. The president must be removed from office immediately.
“I urge my Republican colleagues to open their eyes and finally hold this president accountable. The security of our country and the security of our very democracy are at stake," Pelosi said.
The opposition party had vowed to impeach President Trump if he was not removed from office. The democrat members began the proceedings on Monday and a vote in impeaching him is expected on Wednesday.
Following the attack by the President's supporters which led to the death of five persons, several republican members have come out against Trump as some resigned from office.
Mick Mulvaney, a former chief of staff to US President Donald Trump, Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff and press secretary for first lady Melania Trump, deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews, White House social secretary Rickie Niceta, and, deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger, among others have resigned.