Pelosi gives Pence a deadline on seeking to remove Trump from office
By John Wagner and Mike DeBonis
Pelosi said Monday that the House will move forward with impeaching Trump for a second time if Pence does not seek to remove him under the 25th Amendment by Wednesday.
“The President’s threat to America is urgent, and so too will be our action,” the speaker said in a statement.
A House aide confirmed that an impeachment resolution that could be considered as early as Wednesday has 218 co-sponsors, enough to ensure passage in the Democratic-led chamber.
Pelosi issued her statement shortly after House Republicans, using a procedural move, on Monday blocked consideration of a separate resolution calling on Pence to initiative removal proceedings under the 25th Amendment. A vote on that measure is now expected Tuesday.
If the resolution passes as expected, Pence would have 24 hours to ask Trump’s Cabinet to join him in removing Trump, Pelosi said.
In her statement, Pelosi chastised Republicans for delaying consideration of the resolution regarding the 25th Amendment.
“The House Republicans rejected this legislation to protect America, enabling the President’s unhinged, unstable and deranged acts of sedition to continue,” she said. “Their complicity endangers America, erodes our Democracy, and it must end.”