The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Washington, D.C., January 13 – Late Tuesday night, Vice President Michael Pence sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in which the Vice President refused to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office. Vice President Pence told Pelosi “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with the Constitution.”
Pence made clear in his letter that he believes he is carefully walking the line of his Constitutional authority, referring to the efforts by some Republicans on January 6, 2021, to overturn the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden as President of the United States. Pence said, “Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our Nation.”
The Vice President noted that “just a few months ago” Pelosi made clear that a vice president should invoke the 25th Amendment only in a manner that “must be ‘[v]ery respectful of not making a judgment on the basis of a comment or behavior that we don’t like, but based on a medical decision.'” Vice President Pence elaborated, “Madam Speaker, you were right. Under our Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation. Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent.”
The Vice President’s full letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi follows.