Pelosi threatens Pence with 24-hour ultimatum to declare Trump ‘incapable’, before launching impeachment process
Published: January 10, 2021
The Democrat-majority House is set to vote on a resolution demanding VP Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment, and giving him 24 hours to respond, before proceeding with impeaching President Trump.
In a letter to her Democratic colleagues on Sunday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) urged them to adopt Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin’s 25th Amendment resolution by unanimous consent – which is poised to be blocked by Trump’s remaining Republican allies.
Evoking the “horror of the ongoing assault” on US democracy and constitution in the wake of the US Capitol siege, Pelosi urged the lawmakers to “act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both.”If we do not receive Unanimous Consent, this legislation is planned to be brought up on the Floor the following day. We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours. Next, we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor.
BREAKING: In new letter, Speaker Pelosi says House will vote Mon/Tues on resolution that calls for VP Pence to invoke 25th Amendment and remove Trump. Pelosi calls on Pence to respond within 24 hours. "Next, we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor."
6:24 PM · Jan 10, 2021
Pelosi previously complained that she and Sen. Chuck Schumer tried calling Pence to urge him to initiate the 25th amendment, but were held on the line for 20 minutes while he never answered or returned the call.
This time, if Pence does not respond within 24 hours – which is unlikely because not only the VP needs to get on board but also a majority of Trump's cabinet officials – Democrats plan to move on with impeaching the president for allegedly inciting last week's riot.
Meanwhile the second-ranked US House Democrat said that while Congress may quickly move to impeach Trump, they could delay sending the case to the Senate for conviction until months after Joe Biden takes office, in order to not distract the American public from the first “100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running.”
In any case, Democrats are determined to tarnish Trump's legacy as much as possible and block him from running for president again in 2024. “The reality is he will not be removed by a two-thirds Senate vote before January 20, so preventing another run is the issue,” MSNBC political analyst David Jolly said.
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