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  • US House Likely To Hold Impeachment Vote After Pence Rejects Calls To Invoke 25th Amendment

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (C) walks to the House floor from her office inside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 12, 2021. (Photo: EPA-Yonhap News)
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (C) walks to the House floor from her office inside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 12, 2021. (Photo: EPA-Yonhap News)
[Anchor]

The U.S. House of Representatives is almost certain to hold a vote to impeach President Donald Trump after Vice President Mike Pence made clear Tuesday he does not support using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office for inciting last week's attack on the Capitol.

The BBC's Barbara Plett Usher reports from Washington.

[Reporter]

This is the first comment that he's made about this move and he is telling the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi not to go through with it.

He's saying that this would be something that would further inflame and divide the nation.

He's asking her to work with him to unite the country and to try to lower the temperature, and he said that he would pledge to work with the incoming administration of Joe Biden so that things would go smoothly.

So, you do have a number of members of the House, the most senior of them being Liz Cheney, saying that they would vote to impeach.

It was reported by the New York Times that the top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, does believe that Mr. Trump's actions were impeachable.

And there is the first suggestion, actually in the last few hours, that there just might be enough votes to actually convict Mr. Trump of impeachment if and when this gets to the Senate.

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