Stefanik votes against invoking 25th Amendment to oust Trump

Stefanik votes against invoking 25th Amendment to oust Trump
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (Source: WWNY)

WASHINGTON (AP & WWNY) - With impeachment ahead, the House tried first to push the vice president and Cabinet to act even more quickly to remove President Donald Trump from office.

Democrats approved a resolution Tuesday night calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke constitutional authority under the 25th Amendment to oust Trump - though Pence said he would not do so.

Voting against that resolution was north country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.

She issued a statement late Tuesday that said: “We must work together to unify at this challenging time for the American people. This political resolution sets a very dangerous Constitutional precedent and further divides our country. I believe we should focus on ensuring a safe transfer of power on January 20th.”

The House will vote Wednesday on actually impeaching Trump.

That may well pass, though conviction in the Senate - if the question comes to a vote - is much less likely.

Trump said Tuesday that the impeachment effort itself was what was causing “tremendous anger” in the country.

He will face a single impeachment charge of “incitement of insurrection.”

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