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West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin revealed on Monday evening that the move by House Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump was “ill-advised” and that they know that there are not the votes in the U.S. Senate to convict and remove the president.
During an interview with Fox News, anchor Bret Baier asked Manchin whether there were the votes in the Senate to convict and remove Trump for allegedly inciting a riot that culminated in violence breaking out in the nation’s capital last week.
“I don’t see any of that, because there will be 48, still 48 Democrats, until we seat Warnock and Senator Ossoff,” Manchin said.
“So, until that happens, you need 67 votes. I think, my arithmetic, that means we have 19 Republicans. I don’t see that. And I think the House should know that also. We have been trying to send that message over. They know the votes aren’t there. You would think that they would do that,” he added.
“I think this is so ill-advised for Joe Biden to be coming in, trying to heal the country, trying to be the president of all the people, when we’re going to be so divided and fighting again. Let the judicial system do its job,” he continued.
“And then, we’re a country of the rule of law. That’s the bedrock of who we are. Let that take its place. Let the investigations go on. Let the evidence come forth, and then we will go forward from there. There’s no rush to do this impeachment now. We can do it later if they think it’s necessary,” he said.
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) January 12, 2021
House Republicans on Monday blocked a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office.
The measure, which failed to receive unanimous consent, is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ultimatum before she brings up articles to impeach the president, following last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Members of both parties have said the president incited the riot.
Pelosi has said she would bring the resolution to the House floor for a vote on Tuesday.
Pelosi called on Vice President Mike Pence to convene and mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment and declare Trump incapable of executing the duties of his office.
“After which the Vice President would immediately exercise powers as Acting President,” she said.
She told her caucus, now scattered across the country on a two-week recess, to “be prepared to return to Washington this week” but did not say outright that there would be a vote on impeachment.
“If we do not receive Unanimous Consent, this legislation is planned to be brought up on the Floor the following day. We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours,” she wrote.