Prior To House Vote, Pence Says He Won't Invoke 25th Amendment Against Trump
January 13, 2021
Vice President Pence says he won't invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump, days after violent pro-Trump extremists breached the U.S. Capitol.
Pence made his intention clear in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday evening, as the House was taking up a resolution calling on Pence to invoke the amendment, convene the Cabinet, declare Trump unfit for office, and assume the powers and responsibilities of acting president.
"I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution," Pence writes. He says the amendment is "not a means of punishment or usurpation," and that invoking it would "set a terrible precedent."