(CBS News) The House has approved a resolution formally calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows the majority of a cabinet to remove a president from office if they deem him unfit. The resolution requires Pence to respond within 24 hours, or the House will move forward with impeachment proceedings against the president.
Before the House voted on the resolution, Pence said in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he would not invoke the 25th Amendment. The vice president said he did not “believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution.”
But some Republicans in Congress are beginning to break with the president after a deadly attack on the Capitol last week by a violent mob of Trump supporters. Five Republicans, including Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House, have said they will vote to impeach Mr. Trump.