Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports

Vice President Pence opposed calls to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE from office following Wednesday’s a mob of Trump supporters' attacks on the Capitol, according to multiple reports. 

Business Insider first reported that Pence would not back the move, citing advisers to the vice president. 

Following the violent riots at the Capitol building Wednesday, a number of Republican and Democratic lawmakers urged Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. The 1967 amendment to the Constitution ensures that the government remains in operation should a sitting president be deemed unfit to perform presidential duties. 


A majority of the Trump Cabinet and Pence would have to agree the president is unfit to serve for him to be removed. 

Calls for the 25th Amendment to be invoked came amid fears that Trump would incite more violence following the riots that damaged parts of the Capitol and left four people dead.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 election was “stolen,” from him and encouraged his supporters at a rally earlier on Wednesday to march to the Capitol and protest Congress's certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenKaty Perry and her 'Firework' close out inauguration TV special Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Tom Hanks: After years of 'troubling rancor,' Inauguration Day 'is about witnessing the permanence of our American ideal' MORE's Electoral College win. 

"Not happening," said a Republican close to Pence when asked about the increased calls for him to replace Trump, according to Insider. 

The New York Times later confirmed the news, reporting that a person close to the vice president said Pence is opposed to invoking the 25th with less than two weeks until Biden’s inauguration. 


A senior Republican told the Times that Pence’s decision not to make the move is supported by several members of Trump’s Cabinet, who reportedly believe an effort to remove Trump will cause further instability in Washington, D.C.

According to Insider, Pence’s team also considered the effect removing Trump from office could have for the vice president’s own political aspirations of running for the White House in 2024. 

When contacted by The Hill, a White House official said Pence has not engaged in discussions on the 25th Amendment. 

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer placed on administrative leave: reports Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday said that if Pence does not invoke the 25th Amendment, she would act immediately to impeach him for a second time. 

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader US Chamber of Commerce to Biden, Congress: Business community 'ready to help' Why pretend senators can 'do impartial justice'? MORE (N.Y) has also called on Pence to remove Trump, and progressive House Democrats — led by Reps. David CicillineDavid CicillineWashington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers MORE (R.I.), Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment MORE (Calif.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBelfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington Federal government carries out 13th and final execution under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (Mass.) — have been circulating a draft of two articles of impeachment against the president.


The first charges that Trump abused his power by seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Specifically, the charge points to a recent phone call recording published by The Washington Post in which Trump pressured Georgia’s top election official, secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to "find" more than 11,000 votes.

The second article alleges that the president abused his power by inciting violence at the Capitol and trying to “orchestrate an attempted coup against our country” on Wednesday as House and Senate lawmakers certified the election for Biden.   

Three GOP governors — Phil Scott of Vermont, Maryland’s Larry Hogan and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts — have also said that Trump should either resign or be removed from office.

Brett Samuels contributed to this report. 

Updated 7:47 p.m.