The riots on Capitol Hill last Wednesday has caused people on the left to think President Donald Trump does not have the capabilities to finish his term.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her Democrat colleagues that if Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet do not activate the 25th Amendment, then the House will proceed with impeachment articles.

“I want to call to your immediate attention the action to be taken tomorrow morning, when Majority Leader Hoyer will request Unanimous Consent to bring up the Raskin resolution,” urged Pelosi. “This resolution calls on the Vice President to convene and mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment to declare the President incapable of executing the duties of the office, after which the Vice President would immediately exercise powers as acting President. The text of the resolution can be found here.”

The resolution claims that Trump “widely advertised and broadly encouraged” the riots at the Save America Rally as Congress counted and tried to certify the 2020 election results.

The resolution also mentions how Trump attempted to “intervene in the lawful vote counting and certification process in Georgia and to coerce officials there into fraudulently declaring the winner of the State’s electoral votes.”

Therefore, the Democrats do not think Trump can proceed and want Pence to step in and stop him:

Whereas Donald Trump has demonstrated repeatedly, continuously, and spectacularly his absolute inability to discharge the most basic and fundamental powers and duties of his office, including most recently the duty to respect the legitimate results of the Presidential election, the duty to respect the peaceful transfer of democratic power under the Constitution, the duty to participate in legally defined transition activities, the duty to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States, including the counting of Electoral College votes by Congress, the duty to protect the people of the United States and their elected representatives against domestic insurrection, mob rule, and seditious violence, and generally the duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed:

The above reasons are why the House wants Pence “to immediately use his powers under section 4 of the 25th amendment to convene and mobilize the principal officers of the executive departments in the Cabinet to declare with is obvious to a horrified nation: That the President is unable to successfully discharge the duties and powers of his office.”

Section 4 of the 25th Amendment states:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

The text says a majority of the Cabinet. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos resigned last week.

Pelosi said she would bring the resolution to the floor on Tuesday if the Democrats do not receive unanimous consent on the phone call.

Then she will give Pence 24 hours to respond.

If Pence does not comply, then the Democrats will introduce articles of impeachment:

Next, we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor.

In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both. As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.

 

 
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