WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday he will not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
That is sparking House Democrats to promise a Trump impeachment vote as soon as Wednesday, Jan. 13.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has named U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.-8th, as the lead impeachment manager. The Montgomery County Democrat is a constitutional law professor at American University.
Democrats as well as some anti-Trump Republicans — including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan — want Trump out of office before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Pence squashed hopes of using the 25th Amendment in a letter to Pelosi on Tuesday.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence said.
The House will now move with new articles of impeachment against Trump accusing him of inciting an “insurrection” when his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said Trump is “a direct and imminent threat to our democracy” and the overrunning of the Capitol was sedition.
The goal is to get Trump out of office before Biden is sworn-in on Jan. 20 and potentially approve impeachment articles through both chambers of Congress that would keep him from running for president again in 2024.
Twitter and Facebook have banned Trump in the wake of the protests. Amazon Web Services, Apple and Google have also taken aim at conservative friendly social media platform Parler citing worries about extremist groups using the platform.
Trump hit back at "big tech" on Tuesday.
“Free speech is under assault like never before,” Trump said during remarks in Texas on Tuesday.
Trump also criticized the social media bans earlier in the day before traveling to Texas.
“I think that big tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country. And I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them. They’re dividing and divisive, and they’re showing something that I’ve been predicting for a long time. I’ve been predicting it for a long time, and people didn’t act on it, “ Trump said.
“But I think big tech has made a terrible mistake, and very, very bad for our country. And that’s leading others to do the same thing, and it causes a lot of problems and a lot of danger. Big mistake. They shouldn’t be doing it. But there’s always a counter move when they do that. I’ve never seen such anger as I see right now, and that’s a terrible thing. Terrible thing,” Trump said.
Trump also said the new impeachment effort is an extension of the House’s 2019 impeachment push.
He brushed off the 25th Amendment push and warned it could be brought back against Biden.
“Be careful what you wish for,” Trump said.