Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from power as the House of Representatives has its first votes on a resolution submits, in which Pence is asked to do so.
"I don't think such an approach is in the best interests of our nation or in line with the Constitution," Pence said of the Democratic-led effort. Last week, I did not give in to pressure to put pressure beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not give in to efforts in the House now to play political games at a time that is so serious in life is our nation. & # 39;
Pence's letter came as the House voted to begin the debate on the resolution on the 25th Amendment, which the Vice President's hand cannot force.
The first two procedural votes on the resolution were direct party line votes, with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives winning.
Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday evening saying he would not invoke the 25th amendment to remove President Donald Trump from power with eight days left in Trump -Pence administration remain
Vice President Mike Pence released the letter he sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when the House of Representatives first voted on the resolution pressuring him to invoke the 25th amendment
The House of Representatives was procedurally voting on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to remove President Donald Trump from power after instigating the Capitol Hill uprising last Wednesday
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been informed by Vice President Mike Pence that he will not invoke the 25th amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office as the House of Representatives will vote for the first time on Tuesday night on a resolution that asks him to do so
The resolution held Trump responsible for the violent MAGA mob that broke into Capitol Hill on Wednesday. He set out how he "generally encouraged" his followers to come to Washington on January 6, saying the day was "wild".
Donald Trump has repeatedly, continuously and spectacularly demonstrated his absolute inability to discharge the most basic powers and duties of his office, including the duty to respect the legitimate results of the presidential election, the duty to respect the peaceful transfer of democratic power under the Constitution, the duty to participate in transitional activities established by law, the duty to protect and uphold the United States Constitution, including the counting of the votes of the electoral college by Congress, the duty to protect the people of the United States and their elected officials against domestic Insurrection, mob rule and seditious violence and, in general, the duty to see that the law is faithfully carried out, ”the resolution reads.
Although the House Republicans were the targets of the violent incident, they opposed the passage of the resolution.
Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole described the resolution as "an attempt to pressure the vice president to do a duty which he clearly does not currently consider necessary."
Angry MP Pat Fallon, a new GOP lawmaker from Texas, said Trump held a "legal, legal and peaceful rally" and refused to hold him responsible for the group of Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol .
In his letter to Pelosi, Pence argued that the 25th amendment should address "incapacity or disability".
The Vice President noted the Democrats' own efforts to establish a 25th Commission of Amendments to determine the eligibility of a president through "science and facts" and "(v) very respectful not to judge based on comment or conduct we don't like it, but based on a medical decision. & # 39;
Pence also promised that administration's energy would be used "to ensure an orderly transition".
The Vice President reiterated an argument made by a number of Capitol Hill Republicans – that removing Trump would only make matters worse.
"I urge you and every member of Congress to avoid actions that further divide and inflame the passions of the moment," said Pence. "Work with us to bring the temperature down and unite our country as we prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States."
In the hours following the uprising, Pence fulfilled his constitutional duty and reaffirmed President-elect Joe Biden what Trump had pressured him not to do.
"You can either go down in history as a patriot," Trump told Pence by phone before he went to the Capitol on Wednesday, according to The New York Times. "Or you can go down in history as P ****."
Pence was inside when the violent mob was attacked and some Trump supporters shouted, "Hang Mike Pence."
The Times reported that Trump invited Pence to the Oval Office Monday night to try to smooth things over in the run-up to the House's 25th amendment vote.
The official description of the meeting was "good" according to the newspaper.
Unofficial sources called it "insubstantial" and "stilted".
The vote on Tuesday evening on the 25th amendment is considered a starter for the main course on Wednesday: The House is again pursuing the impeachment.
Nowhere in his letter did Pence say he had objected to this move.
Shortly after Pence sent his letter, Pelosi sent out the names of the impeachment managers.
She elected Rep. Jamie Raskin, who introduced the 25th Amendment resolution, as executive director.
"I think every member of this body should be able to agree that this president does not perform the slightest official duties," argued Raskin on Tuesday evening.
Raskin also warned his colleagues that Trump might pardon the Capitol Hill attackers during his dwindling days.
Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, recently lost his son.
In addition, Democratic representatives Diana DeGette, David Cicilline, Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Stacey Plaskett, Joe Neguse and Madeleine Dean were selected.
Earlier on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had signaled his support for the impeachment drive, which contained an article indicting the president of "inciting insurrection".
The GOP power broker's view surfaced shortly before Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of the House's GOP leadership, announced that he would be voting in favor of the charges against President Trump.
On January 6, 2021, a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol in an attempt to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the presidential election count. This uprising caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space of our republic, ”wrote Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president.
“A lot more will become clear in the days and weeks ahead, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States called this mob together, gathered the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. All that followed was what he did. None of this would have happened without the President. The president could have intervened immediately and forcefully to stop the violence. He did not. A President of the United States has never betrayed his office or his oath on the Constitution more, ”she continued.
"I will vote to indict the president," Cheney concluded.
Neither Cheney nor McConnell supported the Democrats' impeachment efforts a year ago.
McConnell worked successfully to halt impeachment efforts during a trial last year on various counts.
His current view follows reports that McConnell never wants to speak to Trump again after the riot at the Capitol, in which Trump supporters invaded the Capitol, destroyed leadership offices, and put the lives of lawmakers at risk.
McConnell supports the effort because it will be easier to remove Trump from the party, reports the New York Times.
One feature of impeachment that can stall the Senate and lead to angry partisan arguments is that lawmakers can vote to prohibit the accused from ever holding public office in the U.S. government.
Trump could run for president in 2024, and many of his potential rivals happen to hold Senate seats.
McConnell has made it clear in private discussions that "now is the time to move on to the weakened lame duck he blames for the Republicans' loss of the Senate," the report said.
Trump ignored McConnell's advice and launched his election challenge despite two runoff elections in Georgia that lost the GOP – and took the party out of the majority.
A source said CNN McConnell "hated" Trump and was "angry" with him after the riot at the Capitol.
Five people died in the siege, including a US Capitol police officer who was stationed on the Senate side.
McConnell's wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, left the Trump Cabinet after the riot, which included an angry mob blocking footsteps from the Senate Chamber door that McConnell uses when walking normally from his leadership office.
It was not immediately clear how McConnell could vote on impeachment.
McConnell's view emerged when Trump called the impeachment a "hoax" and a "witch hunt" and defended his remarks against the riots that the Democrats were already calling incitement. Trump called his speech minutes before the siege "perfectly appropriate".
Cheney's statement denouncing the president comes after Trump told supporters to "get rid of" people like her.
“We have to get rid of the weak congressmen who are not good, the Liz Cheneys of the world. We have to get rid of them, ”said Trump.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, praised her, amid speculation, numerous Republicans of the House of Representatives could follow her example.
“Good for her that she took her oath on us. Would more Republicans keep their oath of office? Asked Pelosi.
GOP MP John Katko also announced that he would support the impeachment on Tuesday evening.
"Allowing the President of the United States to initiate this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy," Katko said in a statement, Syracuse.com reported. “Because of this, I can't watch without doing something. I will vote to indict this president, ”he said.
During the floor debate, Katko said he did not support the resolution on the 25th amendment because it was "non-binding" and called it "just a symbolic gesture".
Katko confirmed his plans to vote for impeachment.
Michigan Republican MP Fred Upton also told Forbes he would vote for the indictment.
Conviction of Trump on an impeachment article requires a two-thirds vote from the Senate, where Republicans have 50 votes – a high bar.
Assuming passage in the house, It does not specify when the Democratic leaders will forward the impeachment article or when the Senate could pick it up.
A McConnell memo released over the weekend identified planned challenges to impeachment – a trial may not begin until January 19, as the Senate is not in session.
President-elect Joe Biden said Monday there was an opportunity to double-watch an impeachment and Senate meeting required to confirm his cabinet.
Biden called McConnell Monday, according to the Times on a trial, and McConnell said he would consult the Senate MP and come back.
There are rules and precedents for impeachment in the Senate, but leaders may also be able to negotiate a way to deal with it, with the option of a special impeachment committee to take some of the burden.
Trump has continued his usual pattern of attacking political opponents when attacked.
“Freedom of speech is being attacked like never before. The 25th amendment is not a risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration. Be careful what you want, ”Trump said Tuesday before lawmakers cast their vote on Tuesday night.
Reports after last Wednesday's riot show that President Trump not only attacked supporters who wreaked havoc in the Capitol, but that he was stuck on television as events unfold and unable to respond to desperate requests for influence take to stop and enjoy watching it unfold.
There were two main areas in which the president fell dramatically behind what was required of him: he used his personal popularity with his followers to urge them to leave the Capitol immediately; and use the tremendous powers of his office to seek to expedite a federal response.
But when key current and former aides and family members tried to reach him, he was "busy enjoying the spectacle," according to a Washington Post report.
What Trump said to supporters before they raided the Capitol in a "perfectly reasonable" speech
We're going to have to fight a lot harder
Republicans fight like boxers with their hands cuffed behind their backs. It's like a boxer. And we want to be so nice. We want to be so respectful of everyone, including bad people. And we're going to have to fight a lot harder. & # 39;
We're going down to the Capitol
"We're going down to the Capitol and cheering on our brave senators and congressmen, and we're probably not going to cheer some of them as much because they'll never take our country back with weakness." You have to show strength and you have to be strong.
& # 39; Get harder & # 39; / You can proceed according to completely different rules
“The Republicans have to get tougher. You won't have a Republican Party if you don't get tougher. They just want to play. You want to play so seriously. "The United States, the Constitution doesn't allow me to send you back to the States." Well I would say yes because the Constitution says you have to protect our country and you have to protect our constitution and you can't vote on fraud and fraud breaks everything up, doesn't it? If you catch someone cheating, you can use completely different rules. I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do, and I hope he doesn't listen to the RINOs and the stupid people he listens to. If you catch someone cheating, you can use completely different rules. I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do and I hope he doesn't listen to the RINOs and the stupid people he listens to. & # 39;
Takes "more courage not to rise"
“I would also like to thank our 13 bravest members of the US Senate … However, I think it will take more courage not to rise, and I think many of these people will find out. And you better start looking at your guidance because your guidance has put you through the tubes. & # 39;
& # 39; We will never give up. We will never admit. It doesn't happen. They don't admit when it comes to theft. Our country has enough. & # 39;
On "Fake News" and "Big Tech"
"They manipulated an election, they manipulated it as if they had never manipulated an election before."
“All of us here today don't want our election victory to be stolen by brave and radical left Democrats, which they do, and stolen by the fake news media. They did that and what they do. We will never give up. We will never admit. That does not happen. They don't admit when it comes to theft. "
"We won't take it anymore"
& # 39; Our country has had enough. We won't take it anymore, and that's what this is about. & # 39; And to use a favorite phrase that you all really made up, we're going to stop the theft. & # 39;
Biden's number of votes was denied
& # 39; He had 80 million computer votes. It's a shame. There has never been anything like it. They can take third world countries, just take a look, take third world countries, their choices are more honest than what we've been through in this country. It's a shame. It's a shame. Even if you look at last night, they were all running around like chickens with their heads cut off with boxes and no one knows what the hell is going on. There has never been anything like it. We won't let them silence your voices. We will not allow it. "
(Note: Biden received more than 81 million votes; Trump rounded up his own total to 75 million.)
Require the military and law enforcement agencies to join
"And I would like if those tens of thousands of people were allowed, the military, the intelligence community, and we'd like to thank you – and the police and law enforcement agencies – great, you are doing a great job. But I would love if they could come with us. Is that possible? Can you just let them please? & # 39;
Pressure on Mike Pence: Says it takes & # 39; courage & # 39; to do nothing
“I hope Mike will do the right thing. Hopefully. I hope so, because if Mike Pence does the right thing we will win the election … All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states for recertification and we will become president and you are the happiest people. & # 39;
“And I was just talking to Mike. I said, Mike, it doesn't take courage, what takes courage is nothing to be done. It takes courage, and then we get stuck in a president who has lost the election many times over and we have to live with it for another four years. We just won't let that happen. "
Will not stand for Biden's win
"We want to go back and we want to do this right because we will have someone there who shouldn't be there and our country will be destroyed." And that's not what we will stand for. "
"You are not the people who tore our nation down"
"If this had happened to the Democrats, all hell would break loose across the country. There would be hell across the country.
But remember, you are stronger, you are smarter. You have more to do than anyone else
You are trying to humiliate everyone who interacts with us and you are the real people. You are the people who built this nation. You are not the people who tore down our nation. "
March peacefully … we'll see if the Republicans are strong
“I know everyone here will soon be marching to the Capitol to peacefully and patriotically have your voices heard.
Today we are going to see if Republicans stand up for the integrity of our elections. But whether they are strong for our country or not, our country, our country has been under siege for a long time. Far longer than those four years & # 39;
"Ashamed … for eternity"
"Today we are seeing a very important event because right there, right there, we see the event that is going to take place, and I'm going to watch as history is being made." We shall see whether or not we have great and courageous leaders, or whether we have leaders who should be ashamed in history, in eternity. You will be ashamed. And you know what? When they do the wrong thing, we should never forget that they did it. Never forget. & # 39;
Call Republicans who voted not to count certified votes "warriors"
“I would like to thank the more than 140 members of the House. They are warriors. 15
They are working over there like never before, studying, talking and studying the roots of the constitution because they know we have the right to cast a bad vote that was obtained illegally. "
Biden will be "illegitimate"
But remember, if you don't, it means you will have a President of the United States with his wonderful son for four years, you will have a President who has lost all of these states, or you will have a President , in other words, who was elected by a group of stupid people who lost all these states. You will have an illegitimate president. You will have that, and we cannot let that happen. "
Call to take action against the radical left
The radical left knows exactly what it did. You're ruthless and it's time someone did something about it.
And Mike Pence, I hope you will work for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country. (Applause) And if you are not, I will be very disappointed in you. I'll tell you in a moment. I don't hear good stories. "
Election was "stolen"
Make no mistake, this election has been stolen from you, me, and the country, and not a single swing state has carried out a full audit to remove the illegal ballots.
It is imperative that this be done in each disputed state before the election is confirmed. & # 39;
Claims "criminal company"
"So when you hear – when you hear," There is no evidence of wrongdoing, "this is the most fraudulent thing anyone has ever done – this is a criminal company. This is a criminal company."
Fight like hell
"And again at 9 o'clock in the evening most of the people would stand there and say," I want to thank you very much, "and they went into another life.
But I said something is wrong here, something is really wrong, can't have happened, and we're fighting. We fight like hell and if you don't fight like hell you will have no more land. "
President Donald Trump described his statements before the uprising as "perfectly appropriate".
As the historic mob invasion of the seat of the legislative government in the United States unfolded, various individuals with influence over Trump tried to get him to act.
The paths they took were typical of the loosely organized network of influence in Trump's White House.
Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham – who only declared Joe Biden the election winner after the uprising – turned to the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump.
"It took him a while to realize the gravity of the situation," Graham told the Post. "The president saw these people as his allies on his journey and sympathized with the idea that the election was stolen," said Graham of the rioters who invaded the Capitol.
House MP Kevin McCarthy, whom Trump believes is so under his wing that he has publicly referred to him as "My Kevin," advocated action.
Trump had told supporters to "fight" and encourage them to march to the Capitol
Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Protesters attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol after mass demonstrations in the country's capital during a joint session of Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Electoral College 306-232 against President Donald Trump. A Capitol police officer died in the action
Police in riot gear gather as protesters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. It took hours to regain control of the building
Senator Lindsey Graham reached out to Ivanka Trump during the chaos
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Chairman of the Minority House of Representatives, made a case for Trump during the uprising
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urged Trump to speak up after an aide told him "They will kill people" regarding the rioters
McCarthy called Trump directly to ask for help – but also called the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was returning from a trip to the Middle East.
Former President Kellyanne Conway, who no longer even works for Trump, tried to reach out to him to take action.
She called an aide who she knew was in close proximity to Trump.
The Washington Mayor's office, desperate to maintain more National Guard forces amid logistical and legal hurdles, also reached out to Conway.
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urged Trump to speak up after an aide told him, "They are going to kill people," regarding the rioters.
A major area of pleas related to something Trump could do on his own without dealing with the bureaucracy: simple Twitter or video pleas for protesters to get out of the Capitol.
The appeals he eventually submitted either lacked a direct call to withdraw or were language-approved even as the uprising that would be deadly unfolded.
At 2:30 p.m., about half an hour after the Capitol broke, Trump told his supporters, "Please support our Capitol Police" and "Stay peaceful!"
His next message was more explicit and wrote, "No violence!" – but claims "We are the party of law and order."
After finally posting a video around 4 p.m., Trump finally urged his supporters to go home. But he also called them "very special", called the election "fraudulent" and said, "You see how others are treated who are so bad and so angry. I know how you feel. But go home and go in Peace home. & # 39;
Trump himself had urged his supporters to "fight", label the election fraudulent, and put pressure on Vice President Mike Pence, whose only role was the ceremony, which included opening and reading envelopes containing votes.
Trump was taped to the TV as the storm aired on the Capitol.
Previous reports have indicated that the Washington, DC government requested the National Guard to be present, but the Guard had been assigned to traffic and other relief supplies and was not given ammunition or combat equipment.
The now-resigned Capitol Police chief said he wanted more support from the guard before Wednesday, but was told by superiors to informally request it. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says there have been delays in approving the deployment of security guards from the Pentagon.
But it wasn't just a distraction that kept Trump from taking action. It's not that he was too busy because he was as consumed as he was, ”reported the New York Times.
& # 39; He was pleased because there were people who fought for him. He was pleased because he liked the scene. And he was pleased because it delayed the confirmation of the vote in the electoral college New York Times reported. "He knew what was going on … He just didn't want to do anything."
Although McCarthy called his colleagues on Monday to say that Trump had assumed "some responsibility" for the uprising, on Tuesday the president returned to the defiant stance he knew from impeachment and the Russia investigation.
Trump said a second impeachment that the Democrats face was "a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in political history".
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