On January 10, the House of Representatives passed a resolution and called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which states the current president can be removed if both the VP and the majority of the cabinet agrees he's no longer fit to serve his position.
But before a vote even took place, he announced he would refuse to ever do so.
To invoke the amendment, the majority of the cabinet needs to be in favor, which they were, as a January 13 vote saw 223 yays to 205 nays. However, they would also need Pence on their side. Now that he's nixed the idea, they will move forward with an impeachment.
In the resolution, it stated that President Donald Trump "wildly advertised and broadly encouraged" the "insurrectionary protests" that took place at the U.S. Capitol, adding that Trump "repeatedly urged his millions of followers on Twitter and other social media outlets to come to Washington on January 6 to 'Stop the Steal' of the 2020 Presidential election."
However, Pence doesn't see it that way. "I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence expressed in a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, adding that he will not "play political games."
"Under our Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation," he continued. "Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent.
"I urge you and every member of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment. Work with us to lower the temperature and unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States."
Pence's refusal has now spurred congress to meet on the morning of January 13 to discuss an impeachment, which Trump called "a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”