Donald Trump is ‘protected by the constitution’ claims lawyer
This provision of the constitution allows the vice-president and cabinet to remove the president if they believe he is no longer able to undertake the role. Democrats are demanding Mr Trump is removed from office immediately after his supporters launched a violent attack on Capital Hill on January 6.
Five people, including one police officer, were killed after a mob broke into the building and clashed with law enforcement.
The protestors were angry about what they claim was a rigged presidential election.
Mr Trump has repeatedly asserted, without providing conclusive evidence, that he was the victim of mass voter fraud.
US courts and independent analysts have rejected the president’s accusations.
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Mr Pence wrote to Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, arguing invoking the 25th amendment would “set a terrible precedent”.
He added: “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our constitution.”
As a result Mr Trump will now face formal impeachment proceedings.
Democrat politicians are accusing the president of “incitement of insurrection” over the events of January 6.
A vote on impeachment will take place in the House of Representatives where it is likely to pass with the support as Democrats hold a majority.
Three Republican representatives have also indicated they will vote for impeachment.
It will then proceed to the Senate which blocked a bit to remove Mr Trump from office using impeachment early last year.
There is no longer enough time for the Senate to vote to impeach the president before Mr Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
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However, the process will continue beyond this point, with Mr Trump being banned from running for the presidency again if found guilty.
On Tuesday the president made his first public appearance since the Capital assault when he visited a section of border wall with Mexico in Texas.
Responding to the impeachment he commented: “As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for.
“The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch-hunt in the history of our country and is causing tremendous anger and division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand.”
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Mr Trump also defended his speech at the January 6 rally, during which he called for his supporters to march on Congress and pressurise Republicans against certifying Mr Biden’s election.
The president insisted: “If you read my speech, and many people have done it and I’ve seen it both in the papers and in the media, on television, it’s been analysed and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate.”
“Everybody to a tee thought it was totally appropriate.”
Following the assault on Congress Mr Trump’s Twitter account was banned with the company saying they feared he could use it to incite more unrest.
During the attack one police officer died after being hit by a fire extinguisher whilst one Trump supporter was shot dead.
Three other people died in unspecified “medical emergencies” around the scene.
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