Mike Pence has just confirmed that he won't be invoking the 25th amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office following the violent Capitol riots held by Trump supporters last week.
Here's the full story...
Now, this whole nightmare started last week.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building after attending one of President Trump's rallies...
And they were seen ruthlessly breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chanting "stop the steal!"
The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...
And photos showing them looting objects and trashing rooms quickly started circulating online.
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...
via: GettyAnd the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
This was history in the making...
And this was also, undeniably, the biggest security breach since 9/11.
When the chaos finally resided, it was confirmed that there had been 5 fatalities within the Capitol.Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.
It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
However, details surrounding the other 4 fatalities remain unclear.
"One adult female and 2 adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies on or around Capitol grounds," Contee said, "which resulted in their deaths."
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets...
Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them, "Go home, we love you, you're very special."
But following these messages, all of his social media accounts were suspended indefinitely for "promoting violence."
Days on from the violence, people from all across the world remain in a state of shock from what they witnessed...
Including the people who were the main targets of the attacks - those in Congress.
It was clear that the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, was one of the primary targets in the riots...
Nancy Pelosi's laptop was stolen from her office by the mob who stormed the Capitol.— David Knowles (@David Knowles)1610126793.0
Pelosi took part in an interview with Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes this week...
via: YouTube / 60 Minutes
And she got visibly emotional when talking about the riots and how she narrowly missed the conflict.
"What happened was a terrible, terrible, violation of the Capitol by the president of the United States."
via: YouTube / 60 Minutes
She said that it was clear that the riot was a "well-organized group with leadership, guidance, and direction."
"They were vocally saying, 'Where's the Speaker? We know she has staff, we're going to find them.' The president said 'Go home!' but it was them who went on with his lies, his misrepresentations, his delusion that he won on a landslide in this election."
President Trump has been blamed directly for the chaos...
ABC News poll from yesterday: Almost 60% of Americans want Donald Trump removed from office immediately. Nearly 70%… https://t.co/MwQEZ73i6t— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@Hoodlum 🇺🇸)1610386430.0
And, after hearing him tell his supporters to "fight for their country", millions of people have been calling for him to be removed from office immediately.
But of course...
Trump has continued to insist that he didn't encourage his supporters to carry out these acts of violence, and that he's done absolutely nothing wrong.
Nancy Pelosi and numerous members of the House have been actively pursuing the impeachment of Trump since the riots...
And earlier this week, they voted in favor of invoking the 25th amendment of the U.S Constitution, which would deem the president unfit for office and have him replaced by the vice president.
However, the only person who would be able to invoke the 25th amendment is the vice president, Mike Pence...
And of course, it's really not hard to predict what decision Pence will be making!
Well, it has been revealed today that Pence has decided to not invoke the 25th amendment.
Pence's office made public a letter he sent to Pelosi, just as the House prepares to vote on a resolution urging him and the cabinet to invoke the amendment.
"Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcomes of the election, and I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our nation," the letter wrote.
Pence said that the 25th Amendment was designed to address presidential incapacity or disability, not "a means of punishment or usurpation."
He did not bring up the possibility of impeachment in his letter, but wrote that he wanted to urge members of Congress to "avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment."
You can read Pence's full letter here:
JUST IN: VP Mike Pence says in letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi he will not invoke the 25th Amendment.… https://t.co/TSQS9ipSKH— ABC News (@ABC News)1610499635.0
Make sure to stay posted for updates on this developing story.