House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking to punish President Donald Trump for what she believes was his incitement to violence on Wednesday, and she’s looking to enlist the Vice President in that endeavor.
On Monday, VP Mike Pence will have a major decision to make, thanks to Pelosi.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued Vice President Mike Pence an ultimatum on Sunday night — invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump in the coming days or Democrats will proceed this week with impeaching the president for an unprecedented second time.
Pelosi made clear in a letter to her members that if Pence refuses to act, Democrats will immediately move to force Trump from office for his role in inciting violent riots at the Capitol on Wednesday linked to at least five deaths, including a police officer. Pence so far has shown no willingness to meet Democrats’ demands, making an impeachment vote almost certain this week.
Reports on Mike Pence’s opinion of the 25th Amendment possibility have been varied, with earlier headlines suggesting that he was not in favor of such a maneuver. As the weekend wore on, it appeared as though Pence had come around to the idea, at least slightly.
Should Pence opt out of the 25th Amendment, Pelosi is prepared to have the House vote on impeachment as early as Monday.