The United States is seven days away to mark the end of the unprecedented chaotic and hostile presidency in its history directed by outgoing President Donald Trump with plays of his rhetoric and authoritarianism. The last days of his presidency, which were supposed to be a tenure of the presidential transition, had unfolded the never witnessed attack and assault on the democracy and the constitutional process of blocking Joe Biden from taking over the office.
After the episodes of spreading fictitious claims in his bid to concede the defeat, Donald Trump has gone to the extent of collapsing the democratic principles, setting a bad precedent. Last week, when both the chambers of the US Congress prepared to certify Bidens victory, Trump has incited his supporters to invade Capitol Hill and to riot the chambers to stop the process of certifying Biden's victory. The riots had killed five people and stirred a global outrage and call to remove Trump from office ahead of the end of his term.
There were overwhelming calls across the United States to invoke the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution, which gives power to the cabinet and the Vice-President to remove the President from office if the latter found to be ineffective and incapable of discharging his duties as the President of the United States. By citing that Trump would rightly deserve the removal, the lawmakers of both parties had decided to bring the impeachment motion and to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office.
The members of the Democrat-led House of Representatives have now passed a resolution to vote to urge Vice-President Mike Pence to invoke 25th Amendment against Trump. A number of Republicans, including Liz Cheney, the third most senior Republican in the house, have now broken the party lines to support the resolution of removing whom they staunchly supported in the last four years. Under the 25th Amendment, Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of Trump's cabinet would need to declare Trump was unable to perform his duties.
Along with voting to urge Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, the House chamber is expected to vote on impeaching Trump on Wednesday, which would leave Trump to face the second impeachment within two years, the first of its kind in US history. Addressing the House on Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of fanning the flames of violence. She said, "The President's actions demonstrate his absolute inability to discharge the most basic functions and duties of his office".
"The President must be removed from office immediately. I urge my Republican colleagues to open their eyes and finally hold this president accountable. The security of our country and the security of our very democracy are at stake". While the House had voted to urge Mike Pence to remove Trump from office, the Vice President has shown that he won't act against his boss by refusing to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.
Highlighting that he is not ready to remove his boss when he has been nearing the end of his term amid facing the unprecedented Capitol insurrection, Pence has written to House Speaker Pelosi in which he said, "Under our constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation. Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent".
A letter of Pence was released by the White House on Tuesday night in which he further stated "As you know well, the 25th Amendment was designed to address Presidential incapacity or disability. Just a few moments ago, when you introduced legislation to create a 25th Amendment Commission, you said that President's fitness for office must be determined by science and facts. You said then that we must be very respectful of not making a judgment on the basis of a comment or behavior that we don't like, but based on a medical decision, Madam Speaker, you were right"
The outgoing Vice President said, "I urge you (Pelosi) and every member 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".
Pence added that every American was shocked and saddened by the attack on the nation's Capitol last week. He said, "I'm 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".
"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", Pence added as he mulls to pamper his boss by applying brakes to the Congressional efforts of removing Trump from office before his term. Though Pence had declined to act towards invoking the amendment to oust his boss from office, the House Democrats are going ahead to impeach the President while they are also preparing to welcome Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next President and Vice President respectively.