The US House of Representatives has officially asked Mike Pence to have the President declared unfit for office – but the Vice President supports Donald Trump.
The House of Representatives in the United States has officially asked Vice President Mike Pence to remove Donald Trump immediately. A majority of MPs voted on Tuesday that Pence should apply the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. Pence and the cabinet could have the president declared unfit for office and immediately take power away from him.
However, the request is not binding. Pence had previously stated that he did not want to go this route. In a letter to House Chairwoman Nancy Pelosi, Pence said it was not in the best interests of the country, Pence wrote. It would only set a terrible precedent.
After Trump supporters storm the Capitol, the Democrats are pushing for a quick disempowerment of the already voted out president, who will have to hand over office to Democrat Joe Biden on January 20. Trump is accused of fueling the recent riots in the parliament building. Five people died in the riot.
Republicans oppose Trump
Before that, some influential Republicans had even turned their backs on the elected US president. Liz Cheney, an influential Republican in the House of Representatives and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States.” She referred to the oath that presidents must swear on the constitution. Trump had fueled the pack to storm parliament. “I will vote to remove the president from office.”
In a report on the impeachment process, the Democrats accused the outgoing US president of being ultimately responsible for the “terrorist attack” on the Capitol. Last week he incited his supporters to march on the Capitol and thus brought about the storming of the parliament building, according to a report to the Justice Committee of the House of Representatives published on Tuesday evening (local time). “President Trump remains a clear and current threat to our constitution and our democracy,” it said.
It is necessary to remove Trump from office to ensure “that no president ever tries again to incite his supporters to act illegally and to overturn the will of the people,” the report said. The Democrats accused the Republican Trump of deliberately provoking an “armed riot” in order to avert his electoral defeat. Trump was not up to the office and was not allowed to stay “a single day longer” president, it said.
“It is undisputed that the president encouraged the terrorist attack and that his actions foreseeably led to it,” it said. The 76-page report also discusses Trump’s false claims about alleged massive electoral fraud, his inciting the crowd last Wednesday and his half-hearted reaction after the Capitol storm began.
Trump apparently wants to run for the presidency in 2024
The House of Representatives wants to vote on the opening of the impeachment procedure on Wednesday. Given their majority in the chamber, the Democrats can start the process on their own. However, a decision was ultimately made in the Senate. The fact that the second Congress Chamber could decide before January 20th is virtually impossible. The Democrats are also interested in banning Trump from government offices after a conviction. That would also be possible with a successful conclusion of the process after January 20 and would deny him a possible presidential candidacy in 2024.
Although resentment about Trump is also growing among Republicans, the two-thirds majority in the Senate that is necessary for a conviction is not yet in sight. On January 20, Trump’s successor, Democrat Joe Biden, will be sworn in as the new president.