House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was informed by Vice President Mike Pence that he would not invoke the 25th Amendment, as members gathered into the House Chamber for a vote Tuesday night on a resolution asking on him to do so.
“Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election,” Pence said to the speaker in an evening letter. “And I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our nation.”
Pelosi has been a voice in leading House Democrats who believe that President Trump needs to be held accountable for the actions that she believes led to the deadly Capitol riots last week.
Pelosi reminded Pelosi about her own words.
“Just a few months ago, when you introduced legislation to create a 25th Amendment Commission, you said, [a] President’s fitness for office must be determined by science and facts’,” Pence wrote. “You said that we must be very respectful of not making a judgment on the basis of a comment or behavior that we don’t like, but based on a medical decision.
“Madam Speaker you were right,” the vice president added.
Pence urged her to reconsider pushing forward with actions that he believes would further “divide and inflame the passions of the moment.”
Pence also told Pelosi that he believes invoking the 25th Amendment “in such a manner would set a terrible precedent.”
In concluding his letter, Pence warned Pelosi and other members of Congress to “avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that if Pence and the cabinet do not invoke the 25th Amendment, President Trump “will be impeached by the House, and as the law requires, tried by the Senate.”