Administration officials are discussing whether to invoke a section of the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office and install Vice President Mike Pence as head of the executive branch.
According to The Hill, “A group of Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Pence Wednesday evening calling on him to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office following the day’s chaotic events. Some Democrats have also called for Trump to be impeached and removed from office.”
Under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, if a majority of the Cabinet officials plus the vice president agree that President Trump is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” Pence would immediately assume the role of acting president.
During the last few days, President Trump had reminded Pence that from his position, he has the ability and the legal authority to decertify the results of the fraudulent presidential elections of 2020.
In a campaign event in Georgia on Monday, Pence vowed that the president and the Republicans “will have our day in Congress.”
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More than a hundred congressmen wrote to Pence asking for 10 days to thoroughly investigate the overwhelming allegations of election fraud, which would require him to postpone the counting of electoral votes.
However, on Wednesday, Pence said shortly before the joint session of Congress began that he does not believe he has “unilateral authority” to accept or reject election votes.
“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Pence said in a statement.
President Trump criticized Pence for not having “the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution.”
Pence “should have given the States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones, which they were asked to certify previously. USA demands the truth!” the president said.
Pence’s turnabout has triggered the ire from hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters who gathered in Washington to protest the unfair election. A group of protesters then breached the Capitol building sending Congress into chaos, which has left four people dead, according to Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Democrats and some Republicans seized on the unrest to blame President Trump. The president had issued a message to protesters shortly after the incident, urging them to “go home in peace,” but Twitter and Facebook simultaneously banned him from their platforms.
Meanwhile, a number of reports emerged on Wednesday, showing that antifa infiltrated the demonstration and generated the violence.