United States Vice President Mike Pence has refused to invoke the twenty fifth Modification to the American Structure to take away President Donald Trump from workplace. “Beneath our Structure, the twenty fifth Modification just isn’t a way of punishment or usurpation. Invoking the twenty fifth Modification in such a fashion would set a horrible precedent,” Pence mentioned in a letter to Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi and Home Democrats had pressed Pence and the Cupboard to take away Trump from workplace within the aftermath of the January 6 breach of the US Capitol by 1000’s of the president’s loyalists.
“As you understand full effectively, the twenty fifth Modification was designed to deal with Presidential incapacity or incapacity,” Pence mentioned within the letter, a duplicate of which was launched by the White Home on Tuesday evening.
“Just some months in the past, while you launched laws to create a twenty fifth Modification Fee, you mentioned, ‘(a) President’s health for workplace have to be decided by science and info.’ You mentioned then that we have to be ‘very respectful of not making a judgment on the idea of a remark or behaviour that we do not like, however based mostly on a medical resolution.’ Madam Speaker, you had been proper,” he wrote.
Pence mentioned that after the horrific occasions of the previous week, the administration’s vitality is directed in direction of making certain an orderly transition.
“Within the midst of a world pandemic, financial hardship for tens of millions of People, and the tragic occasions of January sixth, now could be the time for People to return collectively, now could be the time to heal,” Pence mentioned.
“I urge you and each member of Congress to keep away from actions that will additional divide and inflame the passions of the second. Work with us to decrease the temperature and unite our nation as we put together to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden as the subsequent President of america. I pledge to you that I’ll proceed to do my half to work in good religion with the incoming administration to make sure an orderly transition of energy,” the vice chairman wrote.
Pence additional mentioned each American was shocked and saddened by the assault on the nation’s Capitol final week.
“I’m grateful for the management that you just and different congressional leaders supplied in reconvening Congress to finish the folks’s enterprise on the exact same day. It was a second that demonstrated to the American folks the unity that’s nonetheless potential in Congress when it’s wanted most,” he mentioned.
“However now, with simply eight days left within the President’s time period, you and the Democratic Caucus are demanding that the Cupboard and I invoke the twenty fifth Modification. I don’t imagine that such a plan of action is in the perfect curiosity of our Nation or in step with our Structure,” Pence mentioned.
“Final week, I didn’t yield to stress to exert energy past my constitutional authority to find out the end result of the election, and I cannot now yield to efforts within the Home of Representatives to play political video games at a time so critical within the lifetime of our nation,” he added.
With Pence declining to invoke the twenty fifth Modification, the decks at the moment are clear for Home Democrats to vote on the impeachment of Trump on Wednesday.
Beneath the 25h Modification, the vice chairman can maintain a gathering of the Cupboard which may vote that the President just isn’t match to carry the workplace.
(With PTI inputs)