House succeeds resolution urging Pence to invoke 25th Amendment


WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives on Tuesday took another step toward impeaching President Trump, passing a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to strip Trump of his powers in the wake of the Capitol siege.

The non-binding 25th Amendment resolution passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives at around 11:30 p.m.

Senior Democrats issued a stark warning to Pence last week: replace Trump as acting president or they would launch impeachment proceedings — making Trump potentially the first US commander-in-chief to be impeached a second time.

But in a letter to Pelosi as lawmakers were voting on the House floor on Tuesday night, Pence said he would not give into demands which would “further divide and inflame the passions of the moment.”

“Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now yield to the efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious to the life of our Nation,” Pence wrote.

Lawmakers will return on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. for a vote on a single article of impeachment accusing Trump of inciting rioters to storm the Capitol last week, leaving five people dead.

Republicans objecting to the resolution said while they did not condone the president’s actions, they feared Congress was acting inappropriately by applying pressure on Pence to act.

“That responsibility, grave as it is, rests solely with the vice president. There’s no role for Congress in this process,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma).

“We should be very clear about what this resolution actually is: it’s an attempt to pressure the vice president into performing a duty,” he went on, saying he trusted... (Read more)

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