Watch Live: Pence dismisses 25th Amendment as House votes to encourage its use
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As the House was in the middle of its voting process, Vice President Mike Pence shot down the idea.
Washington — The House of Representatives is voting Tuesday night on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to convene the Cabinet and remove President Trump from office under the 25th Amendment. But as the House was proceeding with the process to vote, Pence said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he will not be invoking the 25th Amendment.

Pence said it's his belief the 25th Amendment is intended to be invoked when the president is incapacitated, not in a situation such as this, and said invoking the 25th Amendment now would create a "terrible precedent."

"I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with the Constitution," Pence wrote. "Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority to undermine the outcome of the election, and I will not now yield efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our nation."

House Democrats unveiled the measure from Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland in the wake of the violent assault last week on the U.S. Capitol. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer sought unanimous consent to pass the resolution, but Republican Congressman Alex Mooney of West Virginia objected, blocking the…
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