President Donald Trump is becoming increasingly isolated after the riots outside the Capitol when his supporters stormed the Congressional building.
Trump, who has been banned from Twitter for inciting violence, is unable to communicate with his supporters amid growing calls for his ouster not only among Democrats but also among leading members of his own party in the U.S. Senate.
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is expected to hold an unprecedented second impeachment on Monday and charge Trump with “inciting insurrection” for his role in the riots that left five people dead, including a police officer.
Trump also seems increasingly isolated within his administration. He and Vice President Mike Pence are not speaking; two ministers have resigned; and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has cut short his overseas trip to ease the Biden administration’s power transition.
Mike Pence is not currently inclined to invoke the 25th Amendment to begin the process of removing President Donald Trump from office, several sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.
Sources close to Pence told NBC News that the move is seen as “impractical.” The 25th Amendment would require majority support from Trump’s cabinet. Trump is allowed to challenge the move, which would send the issue to Congress, where it would then require a two-thirds vote to remove it
However, CNN reported that Pence has not ruled out invoking the 25th Amendment.
Last week, CNBC reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had informal discussions about the 25th Amendment. However, they concluded that the process would take more than a week, which would weaken its impact given the fact that President-elect Joe Biden will take office Jan. 20.