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Pence declines to enact 25th Amendment, Pelosi says House will ‘move forward’ with impeachment vote

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House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) works to push through a second impeachment of President Donald Trump in his final days as POTUS. 

A resolution introduced in the House calling on the removal of Trump through the 25th Amendment was put forth. But, House Republicans rejected it this week. Even Vice President Pence who was thrown under the bus by Trump, disagreed with the resolution.

It is obvious that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are not on good terms. Before the January 6 attempted coup at the Capitol Building, Trump blamed Pence for not challenging the Biden US presidential election win. 

In a Trump speech before the siege, he criticized Pence for not adequately challenging the election results.In his remarks, Trump blamed him for losing the election at the Save America rally that led to the insurrection at the Capitol building. Which in turn, led to Pence being a main target for domestic insurgents who took over on the day electoral votes were scheduled to be counted. In some of their chants, they called for Pence’s death. 

For once, Pence veered sharply away from being a Trump loyalist. Siding with both Democrats and Republicans who said that Biden won, he called for the National Guard to assist DC police quell insurrectionists and agreed for the electoral vote to proceed. 

However, Pence refuses to enact the 25th Amendment. This amendment allows vice presidents to assume presidency if the president is incapable of leading the union. This can be done if the president appoints the vice-president, or if “principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide . . . their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

In grave disagreement, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) wrote that Republicans’ oppositional votes were “enabling the President’s unhinged, unstable and deranged acts of sedition to continue.”

“Every second, every minute, every hour that Donald Trump remains in office presents a danger to the American people,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) on NBC’s Meet the Press. “Donald Trump may be in the Twitter penalty box, but he still has access to the nuclear codes.”

But some GOP congressional members said Pelosi attempted to rush a vote with Trump in office for a little over a week. “It is wrong to have sent members of Congress home and then try to adopt without any debate a precedent-setting resolution that could imperil our Republic. The U.S. House must never adopt a resolution that demands the removal of a duly elected president, without any hearings, debate or recorded votes,” said Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) in a statement.

Nonetheless, the articles of impeachment have been drawn and will be introduced on the House floor, wrote Rep. Pelosi in a statement.

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