V.P. Pence says he won’t invoke 25th amendment
Pence pens letter to Pelosi saying impeachment 'not in the best interest of the nation'
(ABC NEWS)— President Donald Trump is slated to hand over control of the White House to President-elect Joe Biden in eight days.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Mike Pence said he would not invoke the 25th Amendment and remove the president.
“I am grateful for the leadership that you and other congressional leaders provided in reconvening Congress to complete the people’s business on the very same day. It was a moment that demonstrated to the American people the unity that is still possible in Congress when it is needed most,” he wrote. “But now, with just eight days left in the President’s term, you and the Democratic Caucus are demanding that the Cabinet and I invoke the 25th Amendment. I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution.”
“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.”
In conclusion, he urged Pelosi and members of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment.
“Work with us to lower the temperature and unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. I pledge to you that I will continue to do my part to work in good faith with the incoming administration to ensure an orderly transition of power. So help me God,” he wrote.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 13, 2021