Watch live: House debates, votes on asking Pence to remove President Donald Trump under 25th Amendment

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Jan. 12 (UPI) — The House reconvened briefly Tuesday to take up Democratic efforts to remove President Donald Trump from office, either by impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment.

The chamber briefly held a pro forma session before adjourning again, ahead of a vote later Tuesday for a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to declare Trump unfit for office under the 25th Amendment.


The chamber is set to reconvene to debate the measure and participate in a floor vote.

If Pence does not comply with the resolution, the House will move forward wth a single article of impeachment that was introduced Monday, which charges Trump with inciting the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol last week.

House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said the impeachment vote would be expected Wednesday, after Pence is given 24 hours to respond.

A vote on the Raskin Resolution, which asks Pence to convene the Trump administration Cabinet and declare that he’s “incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting president,” is expected Tuesday.

Pence has not indicated publicly that he will try to have Trump removed under the amendment.

The article of impeachment against Trump already has enough support in the chamber to pass, including from three Republicans.

On Tuesday Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y.; Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., all said they will vote in favor of impeaching Trump.

“To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequences is a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” Katko said in a statement.

Kinzinger said that Trump violated his oath of office and incited the insurrection at the Capitol.

“He used his position in the Executive to attack the Legislative. So in assessing the articles of impeachment brought before the House, I must consider: if these actions — the Article II branch inciting a deadly insurrection against the Article I branch — are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense,” he said. “I will vote in favor of impeachment.”

Cheney said that Trump summoned and assembled the mob and “lit the flame” of Wednesday’s attack.

“None of this would have happened without the president,” said Cheney. “The president could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

Hoyer said that, once passed in the House, the article of impeachment should be transmitted immediately to the Senate for trial — which would be Trump’s second. He was impeached by the House and acquitted in the Senate a year ago on charges of abusing power and obstructing Congress related to conduct with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

No U.S. president has been impeached twice.

Some Democrats have raised the idea of delaying the trial in the Senate, which will soon be under Democratic control, for 100 days to allow the chamber to concentrate on passing President-elect Joe Biden‘s early legislative agenda and confirming his Cabinet choices.

Biden said Monday it’s possible the Senate could accomplish both immediately.

“The question is whether or not, for example, if the House moves forward … with the impeachment and sends it over to the Senate, whether or not we can bifurcate this,” he told reporters in Delaware.

Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer of New York said a trial could be held without disrupting Biden’s agenda.

“We’re going to have to do several things at once, but we’ve got to move the agenda as well,” he told The Buffalo News. “Yes, we’ve got to do both.”

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