US Vice President Mike Pence sees no good in putting President Donald Trump out of office by putting the 25th amendment to the Constitution into effect. This provides for the Vice-President to take over the powers of the President when the latter is no longer able to carry out his duties. According to Pence, applying this constitutional procedure would create ‘a terrible precedent’.
On Monday it was already clear that Pence and Trump had had a “good conversation” in the White House and that the two are “determined” to continue their work for the country until the end of their term. This already indicates that Pence does not want to apply the 25th amendment, as proposed by the Democrats following the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters.
“ I do not believe that such a method is in the interests of our country or in accordance with the Constitution,” Pence wrote in a letter to Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic President of the House of Representatives. Trump said earlier Tuesday that he‘s not worried about whether or not to apply the 25th amendment.
Trump may have a second impeachment procedure over Wednesday. The House of Representatives will then be debated on an indictment and perhaps also a vote. Several Republicans have already stated that Trump may be expelled from office as far as they are concerned and may be banned from running again for the presidency.
A majority of the House of Representatives voted on Tuesday evening (local time) in favour of a resolution calling on Pence to depose Trump, but just before that, Pence had already made his point of view clear. Meanwhile, the scenario of an impeachment still hangs over the president like a sword of Damocles.
More on Donald Trump’s impeachment and the clash between US president and vice president Mike Pence in a new episode of the podcast ‘Trump vs. Biden — the Strug’: