The US House is poised to hold an impeachment vote against Donald Trump on Wednesday for the deadly Capitol attack after Mike Pence ruled out invoking the 25th Amendment.
In a worrying sign for the President, four Republicans in the House, including third-ranking House GOP leader Liz Cheney of Wyoming, have signalled they will vote to impeach, while US media report that Senate Leader Mitch McConnell also supports the impeachment process.
The House on Tuesday night approved a resolution urging the Vice President to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Mr Trump with a Cabinet vote, although Mr Pence had already said he would not do so.
The resolution, passed 223-205 almost entirely along party lines, urged him to “declare what is obvious to a horrified Nation: That the President is unable to successfully discharge the duties and powers of his office.”
Hours before the vote, in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr Pence said it would not be in the best interest of the nation and it was “time to unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden.”
Mr Trump called the second impeachment proceedings a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics”.
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