The House of Representatives has approved a resolution formally calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows the majority of the cabinet to remove presidents deemed inappropriate by the President. The resolution requires Penny to respond within 24 hours, otherwise the House of Representatives will continue to impeach the president.
Before the House of Representatives voted on the resolution, Pence said in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he would not invoke the 25th Amendment. The vice president said that he “does not believe that such a course of action is in the best interests of our country or in accordance with our constitution.”
But after the deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters last week, some Republicans in Congress began to break up with the president. Five Republicans, including Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the third-largest Republican in the House of Representatives, have said they will vote to condemn Mr. Trump.
Cheney said in a statement on Tuesday: “The President of the United States has no greater betrayal of his office and his pledge to the Constitution.” He accused the president of inciting violence among supporters. At a rally a few hours before the rioters occupied the Capitol, Mr. Trump repeatedly refused to give in, urged Republican lawmakers to try to overturn the election, and encouraged supporters to “fight like hell.”
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on impeachment on Wednesday. The impeachment article published in the House of Representatives on Monday was supported by more than 200 Democrats, accusing Mr. Trump of “sedition” and saying that he “seriously endangered the security of the United States and its government agencies.”
A report issued by Democrats to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday night stated that the president “incited a rebellion in the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and committed serious crimes and misdemeanors against the country.
Some Republicans condemned the president, but refused to impeach the president. A panel of six Republicans in the House of Representatives introduced a resolution on Tuesday condemning Mr. Trump for “trying to illegally overturn the 2020 presidential election and violating his oath of office.” Unlike impeachment, condemnation will have no actual consequences, but will only be formally condemned.
The president refused to accept any responsibility for the deadly attack that killed five people. In a speech to reporters on Tuesday, Trump claimed that his speech to supporters before they swept the Capitol was “completely appropriate.”