Pence Rejects Push From Democrats To Oust Trump

LAGOS JANUARY 13TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Vice President Mike Pence rejected a push from Democrats to invoke the 25th Amendment to oust President Trump over his role in the Capitol riot, setting in motion a House vote Wednesday to impeach the president during his final week in office, this time with the support of some Republicans.

Mr. Pence in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) late Tuesday said invoking the amendment would set a “terrible precedent” and that Democrats’ efforts amounted to political games. He also urged lawmakers to “avoid taking actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment.”

The president, in his first public appearance since the riot last week, said he did nothing wrong and had no regrets about his remarks to supporters in which he urged them to march on Congress. He called the efforts to remove him from office over his actions a continuation of what he has termed a Democratic witch hunt.

Hours after Mr. Pence sent his letter, House Democrats pressed forward, passing a resolution 223-205 demanding that Mr. Pence and a majority of the cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment. One Republican joined with the Democratic majority. The amendment can be invoked if the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” With the vice president having ruled out such a step, Democrats are largely united around an impeachment vote Wednesday.

Wall Street Journal

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