President Trump has called the second impeachment move against him a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.” He spoke to reporters on Tuesday, Jan. 12, as he boarded Marine One at the White House for a trip to Texas, and said the move to impeach him was “absolutely ridiculous” and was causing “tremendous anger.”
Vice President Mike Pence has refused to go along with the Democrat’s demand that he invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
“[W]ith 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,” he wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “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,” Pence wrote.
“In the midst of a global pandemic, economic hardship for millions of Americans, and the tragic events of January 6th, now is the time for us to come together, now is the time to heal,” he wrote.
“I urge you and every member of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment,” he added. “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.”
He concluded, “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.”
The Democrats are determined to lay a second impeachment onto President Trump and will continue next with their attempts to make him the only president in history to be impeached twice.
Pelosi said, “As our next step, we will move forward with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor. The President’s threat to America is urgent, and so too will be our action.”
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) took to Twitter on Monday and declared that Democrats now have the votes to impeach Trump for “Incitement of Insurrection.”
Among those who are expected to vote for the president’s impeachment is Republican Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), has told GOP House members that he opposes impeaching the president. In a letter, he said he fears it is going to cause even more division among Americans, reported Fox News.
“Personally, I continue to believe that an impeachment at this time would have the opposite effect of bringing our country together when we need to get America back on a path toward unity and civility,” McCarthy said.
“Notwithstanding the Speaker’s push toward impeachment, I have heard from members across our conference who have raised at least four potential avenues available to the House to ensure that the events of January 6 are rightfully denounced and prevented from occurring in the future.”
Freshman Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) called the 25th Amendment resolution a “disgraceful episode of political theater.”
Other Republicans refusing to go along with the continuation of the “witch hunt” against the president are Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) who was previously a Democrat, and also Matt Gaetz,(R-Fla.)
With President Trump to officially leave the White House on Jan. 20, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said any impeachment trial couldn’t be looked at by the Senate before Jan. 20.