Pence rejects 25th amendment, House to consider impeachment Wednesday

Pence rejects 25th amendment, House to consider impeachment Wednesday

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Vice President Mike Pence has rejected calls from Democrats to invoke the 25th amendment and remove President Trump’s powers.

That means the House is expected to consider impeachment Wednesday.

In a letter late Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence said the mechanism should not be used as a means of punishment or usurpation but should be reserved for cases of medical or mental incapacitation.

Pelosi had called on Pence to secure the majority of the cabinet and vote to declare Trump unfit to serve.

She has said if Pence rejects use of the amendment, the House will move to impeach.

Already, at least three Republicans have said they would vote for that.

Local leaders continue to respond to last week’s events.

Sen. Tina Smith (D - Minnesota) wrote on Twitter in part, “To Republican-elected leaders: there’s lots of talk today about moving forward and ‘healing.’

Here are some ideas for how you can help. 1. Say out loud that America had a free and fair election in November. If you had a winning election, point that out.”

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R - Minnesota) sent KEYC News Now this statement which reads in part, “On Jan. 20th, a new president will be sworn in. President-elect Biden and other Democrats have called for national unity. Yet, House Democrats are focused on futile efforts to force cabinet officers to deploy a process that has been used far more often in television dramas than in real life. Such a maneuver is divisive and not appropriate in this case.”

Hagedorn planned to vote against calling on Pence to invoke the 25th amendment.

Meanwhile, Gov. Tim Walz planned visits to several American history monuments across Minnesota this week in a call for peace and civility following the attack.

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