US VP, Pence takes decision on calls to remove Trump
NEWSMAN – United States Vice President, Mike Pence says he would not seek to invoke the 25th Amendment which would remove President Donald Trump from office.
There are mounting calls for Pence to use his power to declare Trump unfit to perform his duties.
On Tuesday, the VP, in a letter to House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, opposed the Democrats’ demand.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our Constitution,” he wrote. “I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our nation,” Pence said in a statement.
“Under our Constitution the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation. Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent”, he added.
Democrats want Trump impeached as punishment for his supporters’ attack on the Capitol building, there have been calls for Pence to declare Trump “incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting president.”NewYorkTimes reported.
On Monday, they introduced an article of impeachment – the 25th Amendment against the outgoing American leader.
The US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday night to formally call on Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to strip President Trump of his powers after he incited a mob that attacked the Capitol, as lawmakers warned they would impeach the president on Wednesday if Mr. Pence did not comply.