In a letter to the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, the vice-president expressed his refusal to use, as the Democrats demanded, the 25th Amendment. He said he was opposed to such “political games”.
“Last week I did not give in to pressure to exercise my power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now give in to the House of Representatives’ attempt to playing political games at such a serious time ”: it was with these words that Mike Pence rejected the urgent demand of the Democrats to use the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from office.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 12, the US Vice President commented: “I believe that such an act is not in the best interest of our nation nor does it correspond to the Constitution.”
Mike Pence was reacting to the presentation by the Democrats of a resolution asking him to make use of this device allowing the executive to dismiss a president deemed unfit to perform his duties.
“The 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation,” said Mike Pence to the attention of his interlocutor, adding that “to apply it in this way would create terrible jurisprudence”.
Pence calls for “calm the spirits”
Attacked from all sides (and in particular by the giants of social networks) a few days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Donald Trump continues to insist that he does not recognize the victory of his rival, which he attributes to massive fraud.
For his part, he is accused by the Democrats of having “incited an insurrection” in the context of the violence on the Capitol, which occurred on January 6.
The Democrats, who are stepping up initiatives to obtain the dismissal of the outgoing president before the end of his term, now plan to present to the House of Representatives an act accusing the outgoing president of these facts, as of January 13.
“I urge you and all members of Congress to avoid any action that would further divide […] Work with us to calm people down and bring our country together, ”urged Mike Pence in his letter.