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Republicans block 25th Amendment resolution to oust Trump

House Republicans on Monday blocked a request by Democrats to unanimously pass a resolution calling on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and 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 power after he incited a mob of his supporters to attack the Capitol last week.

During a brief session on the floor, Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Congressional leaders present Biden, Harris with flags flown during inauguration LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE (D-Md.) asked that the resolution, authored by fellow Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinInauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 This week: Tensions running high in Trump's final days Democratic lawmaker says 'assassination party' hunted for Pelosi during riot MORE, a constitutional scholar, be passed unanimously. The resolution calls on Pence to “convene and mobilize” the Cabinet, declare Trump unfit to carry out his duties, and vote to strip the president of his powers under Article 4 of the 25th Amendment.

Rep. Alex MooneyAlexander (Alex) Xavier MooneyRepublicans block 25th Amendment resolution to oust Trump House to vote on impeaching Trump Wednesday READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-W.Va.) objected to Hoyer’s request. Mooney, a Trump ally who has repeated the president’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, said he opposed Democrats rushing to pass a “resolution of this magnitude” with no debate. 

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“Speaker Pelosi should not attempt to adopt a resolution of this magnitude without any debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. It is wrong to have sent members of Congress home and then try to adopt without any debate a precedent-setting resolution that could imperil our Republic,” Mooney said in a statement. 

“The U.S. House must never adopt a resolution that demands the removal of a duly elected president, without any hearings, debate or recorded votes.”

After the exchange on the floor, Hoyer told reporters that the full House will vote on the rule for the resolution Tuesday and vote for final passage on Tuesday evening. That would force Republicans to go on record three times opposing the 25th Amendment resolution, Democrats said.

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.) repeatedly has said that she favors Pence invoking the 25th Amendment to quickly remove Trump after Wednesday’s deadly insurrection. But with Pence unlikely to pursue that course, Democrats are plowing ahead with impeaching Trump for a second time.

They introduced a single article of impeachment, accusing Trump of inciting a violent insurrection to stop Congress’s certification of 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 victory. Hoyer said that fast-tracked vote — making Trump the first president in history to be impeached twice — could come as soon as Wednesday.

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