Pressure on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke 25th Amendment, as Democrats move to impeach Trump
As Donald Trump’s time in the White House is ending, the 45th US President is likely to face a second impeachment in less than two years. If Trump is impeached, then he will be the first President in US history to be tried impeached twice.
The Democrats in the House of Representatives have raised their bid to impeach the US President days after his supporters stormed the US Capitol and tried to disrupt the proceedings to certify Joe Biden as the winner of 2020 elections. Five people including a police officer died in the riots.
In a letter on Sunday, US Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that if Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet does not invoke the 25th Amendment this week to remove Trump from office, then the House will take up a resolution to impeach Trump. Reportedly, the impeachment is likely to take place this week.
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi said. She continues, “As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President has intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
The 25th Amendment declares that upon the removal, resignation or death of the President of the United States of America, the Vice President will assume the presidency. The Amendment is referred to as the Disability Clause. If the President is unable to perform his official duties, then the Vice President will step in. This Amendment was used for the first time in 1973. When Vice President Spiro Angew resigned, the then President Richard Nixon nominated Michigan Congressman Gerald R Ford as the new Vice President. However, a few months later when Nixon had to resign due to the Watergate Scandal, the Amendment was used and Vice President Ford became the President and Nelson Rockefeller became the new Vice President.
Meanwhile, ever since Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account for inciting the US Capitol violence, the outgoing US President has hinted that he will be looking to start his own platform. Social Media giants such as Facebook and Instagram have suspended his account till the new US President’s inauguration on January 20, 2021.
Trump also said that he would not attend Joe Biden’s US Presidential inauguration. Biden said that for once, he and Trump finally agreed upon something. “It’s a good thing he is not going to show up at my inauguration,” Biden said recently.