Late Tuesday, members of the US House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution calling on US Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment against outgoing President Donald Trump.
The move comes nearly a week after Pro-trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Under the 25th Amendment, Pence and a majority of Trump’s cabinet would need to declare Trump is unable to perform his duties.
Shortly before the vote, the US Vice president made his intention clear that he won't do it.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence said, "I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution," Pence writes. He says the amendment is "not a means of punishment or usurpation," and that invoking it would "set a terrible precedent."
He says the Trump administration is committed to ensuring an orderly transition in its final days and that "now is the time to heal."
last Wednesday, supporters of Donald Trump stormed a congressional session held to endorse Joe Biden’s victory, as a last-minute desperate attempt by Trump to reverse his election loss led to chaos and accusations of an attempted “coup.”
Officials at the U.S. Capitol building announced the closure, and lawmakers said on Twitter that they were sheltering in their offices, as protesters – some of them carrying Trump flags – were seen walking through the building.
These riots resulted in the death of 5 people and the arrest of 68 others.