House passes H.R. 21, non-binding measure urging VP Pence to remove Trump from office
(WASHINGTON) – Working into the late hours of the night, the U. S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 21, a measure urging Vice President Mike Pence to remove President Donald Trump from office prior to a Wednesday morning session where a single article of impeachment will be introduced on the House floor.
The measure by U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD.) is part of a two-prong attack by Democrats against Trump, which is being rebuffed by Republican rank and file members.
The non-binding resolution urges the vice president to convene a meeting of the Cabinet and initiate the process whereby he and Cabinet members can remove the president for mental instability or other illness which would prevent him from carrying out his duties in accordance with the fourth clause of the 25th Amendment.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke first on the measure, which she deemed was necessary even though Trump has less than a week remaining in office.
A letter from the vice president indicated he would not invoke those proceedings, setting up a historic vote on the House floor today to impeach a sitting president twice, the first time such a stain on the office has occurred.
Earlier, Pelosi had indicated Raskin would be one of three impeachment managers to deal with process by which the House accuses and then the Senate holds a trial to convict and remove officials for reasons of impropriety, malfeasance or because they constitute a clear and present danger to the country.