The House voted late Tuesday night to ask Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and drive the president from office before January 20th. He has refused to do so. The House will vote to impeach the president again on Wednesday. The votes are there to do it. Thus, Donald Trump will be the only president impeached twice. He also may be, pending legal outcomes, barred from ever again holding federal office.
By a vote of 223-205, the House just passed our 25th Amendment Resolution urging Vice President Pence to convene and mobilize the Cabinet to act on the crisis of President Trump’s incapacity. He is clearly incapable of meeting the duties of his office. pic.twitter.com/JYPYI0hkV5
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) January 13, 2021
FNC: “The U.S. House of Representatives voted late Tuesday to pass a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. The vote (223-205) was seen as symbolic because Pence has already said he would not take the action. The House is expected to vote to impeach the president Wednesday.”
“Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election,” Pence said to Pelosi. “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…Just a few months ago, when you introduced legislation to create a 25th Amendment Commission, you said, ‘[a] President’s fitness for office must be determined by science and facts’. You said that we must be very respectful of not making a judgment on the basis of a comment or behavior that we don’t like, but based on a medical decision. Madam Speaker you were right.”
Introducing the bill, Jamie Raskin, D-MD, said, “Today we’re looking at Section 4, which we are asking the Vice President to invoke by activating and mobilizing the Cabinet to declare what is patently obvious to a horrified and anxious nation: the President is not even minimally discharging the basic duties of his office. I don’t think there is a reasonable person in the country with his or her eyes open who doesn’t understand that the President was hell-bent on trying to challenge, undermine, and overturn the result of the election in all of the events leading up to January 6th, and on January 6th.”