By Seun Adeuyi
The Representatives of the United States has approved legislation calling on Vice President Mike Pence to use his constitutional authority to remove President Donald Trump from office.
This is in response to the President’s role in the deadly mob attack on the Capitol last week.
Before the House voted on the resolution, Pence in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he would not invoke the 25th Amendment.
Pence said he did not “believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution.”
The Hill reported that Representative Jamie Raskin from Maryland led the resolution, which calls on Pence, joined by other members of the Cabinet, to oust Trump by activating the 25th Amendment, which allows for the President’s removal if he’s deemed “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”.
Raskin said, “It is critical for us now to make clear that this was an absolute dereliction of presidential duty.”
The bill passed 223-205. One GOP (another name for the Republican Party) lawmaker, Representative Adam Kinzinger, joined with every voting Democrat in approving the measure.
However, most GOP lawmakers, opposed the effort. While some defended Trump’s actions as harmless, others denounced the president’s behaviour but argued against his removal so close to the end of his term.
A rally in support of Trump turned deadly when thousands of attendees stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday.
abcnews reported that members of the angry mob went door to door waving Confederate flags, looting the offices of senators and congressmen and repeating the false rhetoric that the president has spread since November, that he was the real winner of the election.
A woman, Ashli Babbitt was reportedly shot amid a standoff between police and protesters in a stairwell outside the House chamber. She was one of four people who died as a result of the mayhem.
Politicians called on Trump to instruct his supporters to leave the Capitol, as the minutes turned to hours of violence. In a video shared via his Twitter handle, that was later removed, Trump told them to go home, but repeated that the election was “stolen” from him and said he “loved” the protesters.
People still remained in the Capitol minutes before the 6 p.m. curfew ordered by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser began.