U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated that a resolution would be passed giving Vice President Mike Pence 24 hours to invoke the 25th Amendment before impeachment action begins.
In a letter to members, Pelosi said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer would ask unanimous consent to table the 25th Amendment resolution authored by Jamie Raskin.
“We urge the vice president to respond within 24 hours,” Pelosi wrote.
The latest effort to remove Trump from office stems from his supporters’ deadly violation of the U.S. Capitol when lawmakers were busy certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
“In protecting our Constitution and our democracy, we will act urgently, as this president poses an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi wrote in her letter. “As the days go by, the horror of this president’s ongoing assault on our democracy intensifies, and so does the need for immediate action.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will ask unanimous consent Monday to advance the 25th Amendment.
Nancy Pelosi, had previously said she supported invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump, but a second impeachment also had support in Congress.
“I like the 25th Amendment because it gets rid of him. He won’t be in office anymore. But there is strong support in Congress for the second impeachment of the president,” the top Democrat told CBS News on Sunday.
Vice President Mike Pence and half of Trump’s Cabinet must support the measure to remove the president.
Pelosi went on to express concerns that Trump could recuse himself before he leaves office on Jan. 20.
“He can only apologize for state crimes. He can’t apologize for state crimes, and that’s where he’s under investigation in the state of New York,” she said.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said there was an “extraordinary dichotomy” in the federal response to Black Lives Matter protests and an attempted “coup d’état in a legitimate presidential election.”
“You’ve effectively seen an invitation to come into the Capitol and do what you want because you’re just a supporter of Trump,” Racine told ABC News. “I have no doubt that if the protesters were brown, black and immigrants, you would have seen the president spewing all of his hate, and it would have been aggressive, and it would have been a different story being told.”
Trump is under increasing pressure to resign from office before the end of his presidency on Jan. 20 for inciting a violent protest at the U.S. Capitol.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – FN