Vice President Mike Pence has confirmed that he intends to stand by President Donald Trump, refusing to bow to the demands of Democrats who want the president removed from office immediately via the 25th Amendment.
The vice president said he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday night. “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence wrote in the letter.
“Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power 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,” Pence continued, and urged Congress to avoid inciting more division.
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The announcement comes as the House is expected to vote Tuesday night on a resolution to urge Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Pence stands with Trump
In another indicator that Pence would not support the Democrat demands, he met with Trump in the Oval Office on Monday to hash out their differences and laid the groundwork for their last week in office. The meeting was their first since the riot at the capitol last week, sources said, according to Newsmax.
One of the matters discussed was how to respond to Capitol rioters. Reportedly, Trump and Pence concluded that such actions have no place in the “America First” movement. This is a decision that will no doubt make many Republicans breathe a sigh of relief.
Pence and the President appear to be on the same page, which dooms any hopes Democrats had for the 25th Amendment being used against Trump. Furthermore, a resignation by President Trump is very unlikely at this point.
With less than ten days left in President Trump’s term, the reasonable conclusion is that Democrats should just wait for Trump to leave the White House. However, Democrats are now preparing to impeach President Trump if Pence refuses to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Impeachment crusade is on
On Tuesday night, Pelosi announced the impeachment managers, who will be led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
While the Democrat-held House will undoubtedly vote in favor of impeaching President Trump again, the Senate will not be considering any significant business until the 19th. The earliest that the debate can begin will be one day before Joe Biden is sworn into office.
With a legal debate raging on whether a president can be impeached after leaving office, getting a conviction seems to be a longshot. Still, the odds won’t stop the Democrats from satiating their desire for revenge by dragging Americans along through another divisive impeachment process. So much for “unity.”