Wednesday, January 13, 2021

US vice president rejects use of 25th Amendment to remove Trump | Al Jazeera

US vice president rejects use of 25th Amendment to remove Trump

US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said he did not support invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump just a week before the end of his term, saying such a move was not in the country’s “best interest” or consistent with the constitution in a decision likely to lead to Trump’s impeachment.

The vice president is crucial to the process because under the 25th Amendment, Pence and the majority of Trump’s cabinet would need to declare Trump unable to perform the duties of the presidency and install Pence as acting president.

“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 a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, adding that he would not join the Democrats in “playing political games”...


  1. Members of the US House of Representatives have passed a resolution calling for the removal of outgoing US President Donald Trump under the 25th Amendment, following the chaos at the Capitol last week when the president’s supporters stormed their way into the building.

    Members split overwhelmingly along party lines in the vote.

    1. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Vice President Mike Pence will have 24 hours to respond.

      Pence has already rejected the use of the 25th Amendment, making Trump’s impeachment more likely, according to analysts. A number of Republicans have now broken ranks to say they would back that move.

    2. The US Congress has voted to advance a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to initiate a process under the 25th Amendment to oust President Donald Trump from office, despite the VP’s objections to the move.

      The resolution cleared its first hurdle in the House after a 222-204 vote on Tuesday, with lawmakers voting along party lines. However, while no Republicans openly sided with their rivals across the aisle, seven GOP lawmakers did not cast a vote for the bill, none of whom have yet weighed in publicly to explain their decision. As Congress convened to vote, Vice President Pence issued a statement signaling that he would not take up Democrats’ request to invoke the 25th Amendment, saying the move would set a “terrible precedent” and would not be “in the best interest of our Nation,” rendering the House resolution largely symbolic.

  2. YouTube ha eliminado varios videos subidos recientemente en el canal oficial del presidente saliente de EE.UU., Donald Trump, y limitó la posibilidad de publicar nuevo material durante al menos una semana.

    "Después de una revisión cuidadosa, y a la luz de las preocupaciones sobre el potencial continuo de violencia, eliminamos el nuevo contenido subido al canal de Donald J. Trump y le enviamos un 'strike' por violar nuestras políticas sobre incitación a la violencia", cita Axios la declaración de la plataforma.

    "Como resultado, de acuerdo con nuestro tradicional sistema de 'strikes', ahora el canal no puede subir videos nuevos o realizar transmisiones en vivo por un mínimo de 7 días, lo que puede extenderse", indicaron desde YouTube.

  3. A race by Democrats to remove President Donald Trump from office is gathering momentum as some of his fellow Republicans begin to break ranks.

    The House of Representatives' third most senior Republican, Liz Cheney, said she would vote to impeach Mr Trump over last week's US Capitol riot.

    Earlier in the day the president took no responsibility for the breach of Congress by supporters of his.

    He will be succeeded by Joe Biden, a Democrat, on 20 January.

    The House plans to vote on Wednesday to charge Mr Trump with inciting insurrection, which would make him the first US president ever to be impeached twice.

    1. Ms Cheney, the daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, vowed to back impeachment, the first time a leader of the president's own party has done so since Richard Nixon's time in office. She said in a statement: "There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

      The Wyoming representative added that Mr Trump had "summoned this mob, assembled the mob, lit the flame of this attack".

      Two other Republican House members, John Katko and Adam Kinzinger, said they would also vote for impeachment.

    2. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, a Trump ally who has said he opposes impeachment, has reportedly decided not to ask rank-and-file members of the party to vote against the measure.

      According to the New York Times, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has told confidants he is pleased Democrats want to impeach the president because he believes it will help rid the Republican party of Mr Trump.

      Mr McConnell has also told associates he believes the president committed impeachable offences, reports the Washington Post.


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