US Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that he will not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office, as Democrats claim, citing the ineptitude of the White House tenant after the recent violence at the Capitol.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or in accordance with our Constitution,” Pence wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the House controlled by Democrats is in the process of passing a resolution calling on the Vice President to urgently invoke the amendment and summon Cabinet to declare Trump unfit for office
For the American vice-president, the said amendment is “not a means of punishment or usurpation”, and that invoking it “would set a terrible precedent”. He added that the Trump administration is committed to ensuring an orderly transition within a week of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Since the invocation of the 25th Amendment has no chance of success, the Democrats have already taken steps to launch a second impeachment procedure against President Trump, whom they accuse of having “incited violence” against the President. siege of the Capitol, during the session of the solemn announcement of Biden’s victory in the presidential election on November 3
In his first reaction, the American president attacked the Democrats who tried to force him to leave office a few days before the end of his mandate, while denying himself having incited the violence that occurred in Congress. Trump said a move to remove him from office is “utterly ridiculous” and risks angering supporters in an already deeply divided country, calling the new attempt to remove him “a continuation of the biggest hunt to the witches of the history of politics ”
“The 25th Amendment poses no risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration,” he further warned. The tenant of the White House also called for “non-violence” against a background of rising concerns about the possibility of more violent protests as the day of the investiture of his successor approaches on January 20.
Emboldened by outrage over the violence at congressional headquarters on January 6, Democrats appear determined to demand Trump’s impeachment before Joe Biden is sworn in. A vote is scheduled for Wednesday on the new impeachment procedure.