In the wake of the siege of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media have intensified pressure on Vice President Mike Pence and various White House Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove President Donald Trump from office.
According to Just The News, that seems extremely unlikely to happen, as a number of White House Cabinet officials have already signaled that they are not caving to the pressure from the left to initiate an emergency removal of Trump, arguing that there is not a legitimate reason to make such a drastic move at this time.
A Cabinet member who remained anonymous in their reporting for obvious reasons told the outlet that there’s no chance the 25th Amendment will be invoked against the president. “We’re not doing it,” the anonymous official said.
“It’s not used because you don’t like somebody. It’s used because they’re incompetent … or if they are mentally incapacitated for some reason, but not just because you don’t like them,” they added, arguing that invoking the 25th Amendment at this stage in the game would potentially cause irreparable harm to American democracy.
Invoking the 25th Amendment would mean that Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries would need to prove that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties.” Should they successfully do that, it would immediately make Pence the president until President-elect Joe Biden begins his term on January 20.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) demanded earlier this week in a letter and in a press conference that House Democrats will move forward with impeachment proceedings if the president refuses to resign or if Pence refuses to invoke the 25th Amendment.
“If he wants to be unique and be doubly impeached, that’s kind of up to him and his Cabinet as to whether he should stay in office,” Pelosi said.
The anonymous Cabinet member reportedly confirmed that Trump “plans on being cooperative for the transition,” adding that all appropriate agencies are also ready to cooperate in the upcoming transition, echoing a previous statement by Trump indicating the same.