WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday night said he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump before his term ends on Jan. 20.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence wrote he did not support pursuing that method in removing Trump from office.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence wrote. “Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, 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.”
Pence added that invoking the 25th Amendment would “set a terrible precedent.”
Pence’s letter arrived as the House was doing a procedural vote on a resolution that urged Pence to “immediately” call on the Cabinet to declare Trump unfit for office.
Pence urged Pelosi and all members of Congress to “lower the temperature and unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden.”
The vice president pledged to work in good faith “to ensure an orderly transition of power.”
With the 25th Amendment avenue closed, the House will commence impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Pelosi already named impeachment managers on Tuesday night.