The House has approved a resolution formally calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows the majority in a cabinet to remove a president from office if they find him unfit. The decision requires Pence to respond within 24 hours, otherwise Parliament will proceed with a prosecution against the president.
Before Parliament voted on the resolution, Pence said in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he would not invoke the 25th Amendment. The vice president said he did not “believe that such an approach is in the interest of our nations or in accordance with our Constitution.”
But some Republicans in Congress are starting to break with the president after a deadly attack on the Capitol last week by a violent crowd of Trump supporters. Five Republicans, including Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the third-place Republican in Congress, have said they will vote to accuse Trump.
“There has never been a major betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said in a statement Tuesday, accusing the president of inciting violence among his supporters. In a speech at a rally just hours before rebels overthrew the Capitol, Mr.
The House is expected to move forward with a vote on the charge Wednesday. An indictment, introduced in Parliament Monday and backed by more than 200 Democrats, accuses Mr Trump of “inciting insurgency” and says he “seriously threatened the security of the United States and its government institutions.”
A report released by Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday night said the president “committed a high crime and misunderstanding against the nation by inciting an uprising at the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election.”
Some Republicans have condemned the president but refused to go so far as to say they will accuse him. A group of six House Republicans on Tuesday introduced a resolution censoring Mr. Trump for “trying to illegally overthrow the 2020 presidential election and violate his office” on January 6. be a formal condemnation.
The president has refused to take any responsibility for the deadly attack that left five dead. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mr. Trump said his speech to supporters before storming the Capitol was “perfectly appropriate.”