Selasa, 12 Januari 2021

Pence rejects calls to remove Donald Trump using 25th amendment - ABC News

United States Vice-President Mike Pence says he will not invoke the 25th amendment to remove Donald Trump as President, rejecting Democratic-led calls to do so.

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr Pence said it would not be in the best interest of the nation or consistent with the US Constitution.

Mr Pence said it was "time to unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate president-elect Joe Biden."

The 25th amendment, ratified in 1967 and adopted in the wake of President John F Kennedy's assassination in 1963, was created to deal with presidential succession and disability.

Specifically, section 4 addresses situations where a president is unable to do the job but does not step down voluntarily.

Mr Pence's letter came before the House of Representatives convened to vote on urging Mr Pence to use the mechanism to declare Mr Trump unfit to serve.

He said the 25th amendment should not be used "as a means of punishment or usurpation", but reserved for cases of medical or mental incapacitation.

He encouraged Congress to avoid actions to "further divide and inflame the passions of the moment" and to focus on smoothing the transition to president-elect Joe Biden's administration.

Ms Pelosi previously said that if the Vice-President rejected calls to invoke the 25th amendment, the House would move to impeach Mr Trump.

At least three Republicans have said they would vote for an impeachment.

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2021-01-13 01:43:00Z

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