January 22, 2021

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Ben Carson dismisses 25th Amendment talk: ‘As a nation we need to heal’ | TheHill – The Hill

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBen CarsonA vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Mastercard – Congress slogs toward COVID-19 relief, omnibus deal Giuliani released from hospital after getting treatment for coronavirus MORE dismissed calls to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police officer dies following riots Donor who gave millions to Hawley urges Senate to censure him for ‘irresponsible’ behavior Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots MORE from office in the wake of the riot that ensued at the U.S. Capitol.

“As a Nation we need to heal. I have not talked to anyone about invoking the 25th Amendment, and I am focused on finishing what I started in uplifting the forgotten women and men of America,” Carson tweeted on Friday.

“It’s time to move toward peace. We are not each other’s enemies!”

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The comment comes as Democrats and some GOP officials call on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump out of concern that he would incite more violence in the final 12 days of his presidency.

CNBC reported on Thursday that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoHillicon Valley: Facebook extends Trump’s suspension at least until Inauguration Day | Trump deletes tweets that led to Twitter lockout | Federal judiciary likely compromised as part of SolarWinds hack State Department sets up new bureau for cybersecurity and emerging technologies Warner says foreign adversaries ‘gained more’ from Capitol riot than from SolarWinds hack MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinGOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos NYSE to delist three Chinese telecoms, reversing decision again Sudan officials announce signing of ‘Abraham Accords’ with US MORE reportedly held informal conversations within their agencies about invoking the process, but there was no formal effort to advance.

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p class=”p1″>A spokesperson for the State Department denied that the meeting happened to The Hill. 

Under section 4 of the 25th Amendment, the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet can declare a president “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

A sitting president could challenge this by telling congressional leaders he is able to carry out his duties, and the Cabinet would have to declare him unfit again and get the two-thirds of both chambers of Congress to agree.

However, Pence is reportedly against the move, which would elevate him to president, and several House Democrats have threatened another impeachment if Pence did not invoke the amendment.

Assistant House Speaker Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkOcasio-Cortez: I’m ‘not ready’ to be Speaker but Pelosi and Schumer need to go The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Capital One – Tensions rise with Trump, Barr Maloney to lead Democrats’ campaign arm MORE (D-Mass.) said on CNN Friday that articles of impeachment could make it to the House floor for a vote “as early as mid-next week.”

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