House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives would pass a resolution on Monday calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment and “declare the President incapable of that.” To perform duties of his office “.
In a letter to members, Pelosi said that Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will seek unanimous approval of the 25th amendment resolution drafted by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). If members raise objections, this will be raised in a vote on Tuesday.
“We ask the vice president to respond within 24 hours,” wrote Pelosi.
If Pence fails to act, House members plan to table an impeachment decision quoting Donald Trump for instigating the mob attack on the Capitol on Wednesday.
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“We will act urgently to protect our constitution and our democracy as this president poses an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi wrote in her letter. “As the days go by, the horror of our president’s ongoing attack on our democracy increases, as does the immediate need for action.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already signaled that there will not be enough time in Trump’s tenure to hold a trial against the Senate if the president is indicted for the second time in his tenure.
A number of Republicans have called on the president to step down, including Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA). Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor and Trump supporter, told ABC News on Sunday that if he were in Congress he would vote to indict Trump with incitement to riot.
Pelosi’s full letter is below:
Dear democratic colleague,
As we pray this Sunday that God will continue to bless America, I write to inform you of our next actions, which will be carried out with the great solemnity this moment demands.
I would like to draw your attention immediately to the measures that must be taken tomorrow morning when Majority Leader Hoyer will obtain unanimous approval for the submission of the Raskin resolution. This resolution calls on the Vice-President to convene and mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th amendment declaring the President incapable of performing the duties of his office. Thereafter, the vice-president would immediately exercise the powers of acting president. The text of the resolution can be found here.
If we don’t get unanimous approval, this legislation is supposed to be brought to the ground the next day. We ask the Vice President to respond within 24 hours.
Next, we’re going to bring the impeachment legislation to the ground.
We will act urgently to protect our Constitution and our democracy as this President poses an imminent threat to both. As the days go by, the horror of our President’s ongoing attack on our democracy intensifies, as does the immediate need for action.
I look forward to our caucus call tomorrow. I thank all members for the suggestions, observations and contributions that you have sent. Your views on the 25th Amendment, the 14th Amendment, Section 3, and the impeachment will be honored below. I will answer your communications in chronological order and will do so well into the night.
Thank you for your patriotism.