US House votes to urge Mike Pence of removing Trump from power

Lawmakers in the U.S. endorsed a resolution that would coerce Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment after the riots at Capitol Hill were triggered by President Trump. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier, Mr Pence declined the proposition.

On 12th January 2021, the House formally called on Mr Pence to use the 25th Amendment to divest President Trump of his powers. The lawmakers threatened that they would impeach Trump on 13th January 2021 if Mr Pence did not agree.

The lawmakers were escorted by armed guards into a heavily protected Capitol, adopted the nonbiting measure just before midnight majorly along party lines. The final vote was 223 to 205 to beseech Mr Pence to declare Trump “incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting president.”

Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and the author of the resolution, said before the vote, “We’re trying to tell him that the time of a 25th Amendment emergency has arrived. It has come to our doorstep. It has invaded our chamber.”

There was only Republican who voted in favour of the resolution, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

The House continued even after Mr Pence rejected the call in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on 12th January. He wrote, “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our constitution.” He added, “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.”

After Mr Pence’s rejection, near to all Republicans lined up in opposition. They did little to nothing to defend Trump’s behaviour but said that the Congress has no right to tell the vice president what to do.

Representative Dan Bishop, Republican of North Carolina, said, “The Vice President has given you your answer before you asked the question. Your ultimatum does violence to a core feature of the architecture of the Constitution.”

Democrats scheduled to reconvene on 13th January 2021 to vote on a single article of impeachment indicting Trump with “inciting violence against the government of the United States.” Each and every Democrat was expected to vote to impeach, and Republicans were preparing for almost two dozen of their members to follow suit.

The riots last week ravaged the Congress meeting held to declare Joe Biden as President of the United States. Trump’s supporters were incited by his claim of voter fraud and conspiracy theories of being pitted against. This turmoil led to five deaths including a Capitol Police officer and former Air Force veteran.

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