Vice President Mike Pence says no to invoking 25th Amendment against Trump

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Vice President Mike Pence finishes a swearing-in ceremony for senators in the Old Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)

WASHINGTON, DC (WKRN/AP) — ABC News reports that Vice President Mike Pence is opposing invoking the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump, with eight days remaining in his term and just short of a week since pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building.

In a letter to Democrat and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence called the House Democrats call for Trump’s removal via the 25th Amendment “political games” at a time when the country didn’t need it. He also said that he would “work in good faith with the upcoming administration to ensure an orderly transition of power.”

“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution. 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 efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our Nation.”

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE

Pence stated in his letter that the amendment “was designed to address Presidential incapacity or disability.”

“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,” said Pence.

He also urged her and other members of Congress “to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment.”

WHAT IS THE 25TH AMENDMENT?

The 25th Amendment says the vice president and a majority of principal officers of executive departments “or of such other body as Congress” may provide a declaration to Congress that the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” At that point, the vice president would assume the powers of acting president.

The amendment was proposed after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It outlines the procedures for replacing the president or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation or incapacitation. 

The amendment was applied during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. It helped with the process of replacing Spiro Agnew as vice president. It also went into play when Richard Nixon resigned.

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(Source: ABC News)

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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