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Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., said Vice President Mike Pence's decision not to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump is a show of "pure cowardice."
"We must impeach and remove Trump from office immediately," she said in a post on Twitter, reflecting widespread outrage over last week's attack on the Capitol by a mob of the president's supporters.
Pence said Tuesday night that he and the Cabinet wouldn't remove Trump by invoking the amendment, which allows such an action when the president is deemed unfit. The procedure would typically apply to situations in which a president is medically incapacitated.
The vice president justified his decision by pointing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to her own previous statements that utilizing the amendment's provisions should rely on "science and facts," and be "based on a medical decision."
Pelosi made the comments in October when she introduced legislation to create the 25th Amendment Commission, which could have taken action when Trump was hospitalized with coronavirus.
"Madam Speaker, you were right," Pence wrote in a letter to Pelosi Tuesday night.
"Under our Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation. Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent," Pence said in the letter -- received by Pelosi just as House members took to the floor to vote on a resolution calling for him to exercise his pow... (Read more)
Pure cowardice.— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) January 13, 2021
We must impeach and remove Trump from office immediately. https://t.co/dd3MyMX5vr