A senior administration source confirmed to CBS News that President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke Monday evening in the Oval Office, their first meeting since the assault on the U.S. Capitol last week. The source described it as a “good” conversation.
A former White House official with close ties to Pence earlier told CBS News that the vice president is “discouraged, disheartened, hurt and stunned.”
The source said Pence never seriously considered using the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office. The source said that during conversations earlier in the administration, White House lawyers researched its applicability and found it really covered incapacity, due to things like a serious injury or undergoing anesthesia.
Under the 25th Amendment, the vice president can assume power as acting president if a majority of the Cabinet determines the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
House Republicans, meanwhile, blocked a resolution from Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin to call on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the House will vote on the measure on Tuesday, and could proceed with impeachment if Pence doesn’t act.
House Democrats unveiled an impeachment resolution accusing Mr. Trump of “incitement of an insurrection” tied to the January 6 attack on the Capitol, moving closer to impeaching the president for the second time — less than two weeks before he vacates the office.
The impeachment resolution, spearheaded by Democratic Representatives David Cicilline, Ted Lieu and Raskin, has the backing of at least 210 Democrats. The bill states that the president “engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”
The resolution cites Mr. Trump’s speech to supporters on January 6 near the White House, before the crowd moved to the Capitol.
The Trump White House continued to be rocked by resignations, despite there only being nine days before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.on Monday, citing court battles over the legality of his appointment. Although he did not say there was a connection to Wednesday’s assault, his departure follows the resignations of two other Cabinet officials who have since left: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.