Vice President Mike Pence has said he will not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from office, saying he does not believe it is “in the best interest of our nation or in accordance with our Constitution. “.
Pence’s office has made public a letter he sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the House prepares to vote on a resolution urging him and cabinet to invoke the amendment.
But Pence wrote that “last week I did not give in to pressure to exercise power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the results of the election, and I will not give in to the efforts of the House now. representatives to play political games at a time. serious in the life of our nation. “
Pence said the 25th Amendment was designed to address presidential incapacity or handicap, not “a means of punishment or usurpation.”
Pelosi said the House would move to impeachment if Pence refused to invoke the 25th Amendment. An impeachment vote is likely on Wednesday, accusing Trump of inciting an insurgency.
Pence did not raise the possibility of impeachment in his letter, but wrote that he wanted to urge members of Congress to “avoid actions that would further divide and ignite the passions of the moment.”