VP Pence rejects calls to invoke 25th Amendment to remove President Trump

The US Vice President Pence on Tuesday rebuffed calls from House speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, news wires reported. "I do not believe such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with the Constitution," Pence wrote in a letter to Pelosi released Tuesday night.

"Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and 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," he added. Pence wrote that using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump would "set a terrible precedent." Instead, he argued that it should only be used in instances where the president is incapacitated or has a disability that prevents them from carrying out the duties of the office.

"I urge you and every member of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame passions of the moment," Pence wrote. "Work with us to lower the temperature and unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. I pledge to you that I will continue to do my part to work in good faith with the incoming administration to ensure an orderly transition of power. So help me God."

The vice president wrote to Pelosi on the eve of a House vote on an article of impeachment against Trump for his role in last Wednesday's riot at the Capitol, where five people died, including a Capitol Police officer. At least five Republicans have said they will vote in favour of impeaching Trump just one week before his term ends.

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