Vice President Pence opposed calls to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul 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 BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case 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 PelosiHouse leaders unveil bill to boost chip industry, science competitiveness with China Pelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 Hoyer says 'significant' version of Build Back Better will pass this year 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 SchumerVoting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? Forced deadline spurs drastic tactic in Congress Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans MORE (N.Y) has also called on Pence to remove Trump, and progressive House Democrats — led by Reps. David CicillineDavid CicillineAdvocacy groups urge Congress to tackle tech giants' auto industry focus Meeks leading bipartisan trip to Ukraine amid Russia tensions Democrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit MORE (R.I.), Ted LieuTed W. LieuBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign Space race needs better cybersecurity Buttigieg touts supply achievements at ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach MORE (Calif.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSenate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Overnight Defense & National Security — DOD watchdog to review extremism screening Omar calls for closure of Guantánamo Bay prison after 20 years of 'lawlessness and cruelty' MORE (Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyDemocrats call on CDC to release demographic breakdowns for long-term COVID-19 patients House votes to award medal to Willie O'Ree, first Black NHL player It's time for President Biden to use his vast clemency power 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.