US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday told house leaders 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.
Pence in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added that he would not join the Democrats in “playing political games”. Democrats had on Monday mobilized to begin an impeachment process against Trump after he encouraged his supporters to “march” to the US Capitol.
“With just eight days left in the President’s term, you and the Democratic Caucus are demanding that the Cabinet and I invoke the 25th Amendment,” Pence wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, referring to the process that would declare Trump unable to fulfil his duties and install Pence as acting president for the remainder of the term.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our Constitution,” he said.
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.
Meanwhile, President Trump says the 25th Amendment is of zero risk to him.