House urges Pence to help oust Trump; impeachment next

House urges Pence to help oust Trump; impeachment next
Metal detectors are set up for lawmakers and staff before entering the House chamber, a new security measure put into place after a mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: The US House of Representative rushed ahead Tuesday toward impeaching the outgoing President Donald Trump for the deadly Capitol riot, taking time only to try to persuade his vice president Mike Pence to push him out first. President Trump showed no remorse, blaming impeachment itself for the “tremendous anger” in America.

Already scheduled to leave office next week, Mr Trump is on the verge of becoming the only president in the US history to be twice impeached. The president’s incendiary rhetoric at a rally ahead of the Capitol riot is now in the impeachment charge against him — to be taken up Wednesday — even as the falsehoods he spread about widespread voter fraud are still being championed by some Republicans.

On Tuesday night, the House approved a resolution urging Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove President Trump with a Cabinet vote, although Pence had already said he would not do so. The resolution, passed 223-205 almost entirely along party lines, urged the Vice President to “declare what is obvious to a horrified Nation: That the President is unable to successfully discharge the duties and powers of his office.”

Hours before the vote the Vice President had said no. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr Pence said it would not be in the best interest of the nation and it was “time to unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden.”

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