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Pence rejects invoking of 25th Amendment few hours before House vote
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Pence rejects invoking of 25th Amendment few hours before House vote

Pence rejects: Tuesday night Vice President Mike Pence made it crystal clear that he has no plans and won’t be invoking 25th Amendment that would potentially remove President Donald Trump from Oval Office. Pence forwarded his stand in a letter released few hours before ahead of House vote on resolution that urged him to take the said stand to protect democracy and office. 

The said resolution that calls on VP Pence to invoke 25th Amendment was brought in front by Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland. The resolution calls on 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.”

For the 25th Amendment to be passed, Vice President Pence has to invoke it, and with support of majority of Cabinet the President would be removed from office. This would be followed by the Vice President assuming the powers and responsibilities of the office as Acting President. 

However, VP Pence’s office released letter shutting down the plan to Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker. 

Letter by Pence read, “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. I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our Constitution.” 

Nevertheless, the passed resolution in the House, led by Democrats, is a symbol of rebuke of President’s consistent actions that led to horrifying Capitol Hill breach and riots on Wednesday. 

As Pence rejected idea of invoking the 25th Amendment, the House Democrats will continue moving forward for impeaching the President, a second time, on charges of “incitement of insurrection” – his repeated baseless claims of rigged elections calling on his supporters to fight back and reverse the results of November Presidential election. House Democrats will vote to impeach Trump on Wednesday. 

Multiple Republicans are also coming out in support of impeaching Trump. Republican Liz Cheney, the third number House Republican, urged GOP members during a Monday conference call that impeachment vote is a “vote of conscience”. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pointed that he believes impeaching Trump will enable getting rid of him from the Republican Party. However, he hasn’t made it clear of his vote on Wednesday. McConnell has been furious over last week’s Capitol Hill riots that were incited by President Trump but has deliberately maintained silence on his stand on impeachment, keeping his option of supporting the impeachment process open. 

Trump impeachment process fast-tracks as Democrats build up the momentum
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Trump impeachment process fast-tracks as Democrats build up the momentum

Trump impeachment process: The shocking and horrifying unfolding of the Capitol Hill riots acted as the last straw in sack to kick-start the impeachment process of outgoing president Donald Trump. Undoubtedly, one of the most controversial president to have occupied the White House, Trump didn’t leave the last few weeks of his presidency sans controversy and mayhem. The Wednesday Capitol Hill breach by pro-Trump mob was the ticking bomb as infurious Democrats and a good number of Republicans have fast-tracked impeachment of Trump for as early as Monday. 

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats are ready and prepared to start impeachment next week if Donald Trump doesn’t resign. Earlier in afternoon, after Democratic caucus call, Pelosi said that Democrats are prepared to explore every option and use it, including legislation establishment under the 25th Amendment Act that can cause Trump’s removal as well as impeachment. 

Pelosi said, “It is the hope of Members that the President will immediately resign. But if he does not, I have instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared to move forward with Congressman Jamie Raskin’s 25th Amendment legislation and a motion for impeachment. Accordingly, the House will preserve every option, including the 25th Amendment, a motion to impeach or a privileged resolution for impeachment.”

Impeachment resolution is planned to be introduced by House Democrats on Monday as session commences. The impeachment resolution draft consists of “incitement of insurrection” article. The House Rules Committee will meet on Monday or Tuesday to decide on the approval of the impeachment resolution debate. 

As the timeline suggests, it is possible that impeachment vote will be held by mid next week.

However, memo released by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell states that the earliest Senate can take up passed articles for impeachment is after Trump’s presidency term ends. He said that Senate cannot consider the articles while in recess. 

During Friday caucus call, Pelosi made it clear that her priority would be either Trump resigning or Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power. But she also made it clear that in absence of any of the preferred mode of actions, impeachment was a big option. She also said that the possibility of impeaching Trump now is much greater than it was in 2019 when he was first impeached. 

GOP too is exasperated and frustrated at Trump’s actions lately that provoked and enabled his supporters to breach Capitol, the monument signifying America’s democracy. On Friday, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican from Alaska, was the first Senate Republican to call for Trump’s resignation. “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” she said.

Some might argue that it is too late to impeach Trump and that its only about 2 weeks left for his term to end. But when the country known as world’s biggest democracy has been tempered with the very person who is supposed to safeguard it, justice served is never late. 

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