Vice President Mike Pence does not favor using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, according to reports from Business Insider and the New York Times.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump or the U.S. House of Representatives will seek impeachment.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. “This president should not hold office one day longer.”
“The quickest and most effective way—it can be done today—to remove this president from office would be for the vice president to immediately invoke the 25th amendment,” Schumer continued. “If the vice president and the cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”
What is the 25th Amendment?
The 25th amendment is a relatively new addition to the constitution. It was approved by Congress on July 6, 1965; ratified by the states on February 10, 1967; and President Lyndon Johnson certified the amendment on February 23, 1967.
The amendment itself has four separate parts, and the text can be read in full here, but today’s call for action would focus on the fourth section.
The section reads:
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
Mike Pence not engaging in talks with Cabinet on 25th Amendment
Vice President Mike Pence has not engaged in any discussions with Cabinet members on invoking the 25th Amendment despite White House staff openly questioning Donald Trump’s fitness for office in the final days of his presidency, an administration official told McClatchy on Thursday.
Although sources close to the White House said that the prospect of invoking the 25th Amendment had come up among current and former administration officials, they said it was highly unlikely that Pence would act on it.