U.S. Vice President Mike Pence notified House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in writing that he opposes the use of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove head of state Donald Trump from power. The text of the letter was posted by NBC News on Twitter.
“Now, with only eight days left of the president’s term, you and the Democrat faction are demanding that I and the cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment. I don’t believe such action is in the best interest of our country or consistent with our constitution,” Pence said.
He said the 25th Amendment to the Constitution “is not a means of punishment and usurpation,” and its use against Trump “would set a terrible precedent.”
Pence urged Congress to avoid actions that could further divide society or lead to increased confrontation.
Earlier, the U.S. House of Representatives released a resolution to impeach Trump. Democrats also submitted a resolution to Congress to remove the current U.S. president. The politician is accused of sedition and that he has “seriously endangered the security of the United States and government institutions.” According to members of the House of Representatives, Trump remains a threat to national security and democracy and should be removed from office because of this.
The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted after the death of President John F. Kennedy. It provides for the removal of the head of state if he is incapacitated, and also allows for situations in which the leader’s illness or death prevents him from either acting or resigning. The vice-president would have to act as president until the inauguration of the new head of state.