January 10, 2021 9:45 AM | With information from DPA
15 minutes. The Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, still does not rule out the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to dismiss the US president, Donald Trump, if he perceives that the leader’s behavior becomes even “more unstable,” according to reported sources close to Pence to the chain CNN.
These sources confirmed CNN that the option, which Pence initially contemplated after Trump supporters’ assault on Capitol Hill last Wednesday, has yet to be ruled out. However, the vice president has privately expressed suspicion that such a statement could further inflame the tension in the country.
Sources assure that, at least until Saturday night, Pence has not spoken to Trump since the assault on the Capitol. During that day, several of the assailants requested the summary execution of the vice president for refusing to support the president’s demands to revoke the result of the elections. The assault resulted in 5 deaths, including a Capitol Police officer.
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For now, the source close to the vice president said that Pence and his advisers hope to provide a bridge to the next administration. In addition, they contemplate doing everything possible to help President-elect Joe Biden’s team prepare to face the coronavirus pandemic.
What is required to invoke Amendment 25
Invoking the 25th Amendment would require Pence and a majority of the Cabinet to vote to remove Trump from office due to his inability to “fulfill the powers and duties of his office,” an unprecedented step.
The problem of deadlines remains. Trump would be disbarred, but could challenge the measure with a letter to Congress. Pence and the Cabinet would have four days to contest the claim before an additional vote. An absolute majority of two-thirds is required for permanent removal.
The president has 10 days left in office, until Biden’s inauguration on January 20. The result of the impeachment request that the Democrats will present this Monday, and that will accuse the president of encouraging the insurrection, is pending.