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Vice President Mike Pence is still considering using the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump and ending his presidency.
The vice president has not taken the calls of House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her colleague, Senate Minority Leader and New York Sen. Charles Schumer to talk about using the Amendment but he is strongly considering it, CNN reported.
The source said there is some concern inside Pence’s team that there are risks to invoking the 25th Amendment or even to an impeachment process, as Trump could take some sort of rash action putting the nation at risk.
As of Saturday evening, Trump and Pence still have not spoken since the Wednesday incursion at the US Capitol that left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer, another source told CNN. The President has also not made any public comments denouncing death threats that have been posted on social media targeting Pence.
Pence has finally “gotten a glimpse of POTUS’s vindictiveness,” one source said, using the acronym for President of the United States.
Two sources familiar with the matter say Trump is angry at Pence and Pence is disappointed and saddened by Trump.
“Mike Pence, I hope you’re gonna stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country, and if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed in you, I will tell you right now. I’m not hearing good stories,” President Trump said at a rally on Wednesday that became a riot.
The vice president does not, and never has had, the power to unilaterally change the Electoral votes in spite of what online conspiracy theories have stated.
The vice president is focused on helping President-elect Joe Biden as he prepares to take the reign of the White House but he is keeping the option of the 25th Amendment available to him.
“This morning, we placed a call to Vice President Pence to urge him to invoke the 25th Amendment which would allow the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet to remove the President for his incitement of insurrection and the danger he still poses. We have not yet heard back from the Vice President,” the two Democratic leaders said on Thursday.
“The President’s dangerous and seditious acts necessitate his immediate removal from office. We look forward to hearing from the Vice President as soon as possible and to receiving a positive answer as to whether he and the Cabinet will honor their oath to the Constitution and the American people,” they said.
In a news conference of his own Sen. Schumer said that they attempted to call the vice president but he did not take their call.
“Speaker Pelosi and I tried to call the Vice President this morning to tell him to do this. They kept us on hold for 25 minutes and then said the vice president wouldn’t come on the phone. So we are making this call public because he should do it and do it right away,” he said.