The source said there was some concern within the Pence team that there were risks to calling the 25th Amendment or even an impeachment process, where Trump might take the kind of reckless action that puts the nation at risk.
As of Saturday evening, Trump and Pence had not spoken about the conversation since Wednesday’s incursion into the US Capitol building that left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer, another source told CNN. The president also did not issue any public comments denouncing the death threats that were posted on social media targeting Pence.
“Pence has finally given a glimpse of POTUS ‘revenge,” said one of the sources, using the acronym of the President of the United States.
Two sources familiar with the matter say Trump is furious with Pence and Pence is disappointed and saddened by Trump.
Trump put Pence in an impossible position and demanded that he nullify the election results during the joint session of Congress on Wednesday. When Pence made it clear he could not do so and sent a message to members of Congress that he would follow the Constitution, Trump used his rally on Wednesday to anger the crowd, and asked them to walk down Capitol Hill, and said of his deputy, “ Mike Pence, I hope you stand up for our constitution and for the sake of The good of our country, and if you are not, I will be very disappointed in you, I will tell you now. I do not hear good stories. “
The break is the first time that Pence has publicly disagreed with Trump. Pence has always been one of the president’s biggest advocates, often tempering his ruthless rhetoric and lobbying for his priorities quietly and behind the scenes on Capitol Hill – while loudly supporting the president at rallies throughout the campaign.
For now, the source close to the vice president said that Pence and his advisers hope to provide a bridge for the next administration and do their best to help President-elect Joe Biden’s team prepare to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
But the source warned that it became clear this week that it was necessary to keep the 25th Amendment option on the table based on Trump’s actions.
Summoning the 25th Amendment requires Pence and a majority of cabinet members to vote to remove Trump from office due to his inability to “discharge the powers and duties of office” – an unprecedented move.
Trump may oppose their move with a letter to Congress. Pence and the Cabinet will have four days to dispute and Congress will vote after that – it takes a two-thirds majority in the Senate, usually 67 in the Senate and 290 in the House of Representatives, to be permanently removed.
On Thursday, sources close to the vice president said it was “extremely unlikely” that Pence would attempt to implement the 25th Amendment. The sources said that it seems that such efforts will not succeed in the end. Pence did not discuss the 25th Amendment protest with any government officials, a management official told CNN earlier.
The House Rules Committee is expected to meet on Monday or Tuesday to approve a rule that will govern public debate over the impeachment decision and Raskin bill to create a new mechanism to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Under this timetable, a vote on impeachment could take place by the middle of next week.
But in a memo to his fellow senators on Friday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that the earliest Senate could consider any of the impeachment clauses passed by the House likely after Trump’s term ends, saying the Senate could not consider articles while Holiday. .
Since Republicans are unlikely to hold a trial before January 20, Senate Democrats will be able to hold a trial after Trump leaves office, once they formally obtain the majority.
The White House urged the White House not to go ahead with impeachment measures in a statement released on Friday. Deputy Press Secretary Jude Derry said: “As President Trump said yesterday, this is a time for recovery and unity as one nation. A politically motivated impeachment trial against a president with 12 days remaining in office will only further divide our great country.” .
This story has been updated with additional information.
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