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Washington/Canadian-Media: Efforts to remove the U.S. President Donald Trump from his office by the U.S. House of Representatives moved forward last night, media reports said.
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The House voted in favour of a resolution urging Vice-President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump with a cabinet vote.
However, reports said Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday refused to impeach Trump.
"I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution," Pence had said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, reported The New York Times.
Democrats went ahead with the resolution and formally called on Pence to act.
Impeachment votes by the lawmakers in the House are expected around 3:00 pm (US time) marking the formal opening of proceedings against Trump.
Trump is due to leave office next week, and if impeached would become the only U.S. president to be impeached twice.
"To continue on this path, I think it's causing tremendous danger to our country, and it's causing tremendous anger," Trump said during a visit to Alamo, Texas, yesterday.
While Democrats, who have a majority in the House, will begin consideration of an impeachment resolution today, some moderate Republicans are calling for Trump to be censured over his role in last week’s storming of the Capitol.
The impeachment was called by the Democrat-led House of Representatives in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot during which thousands of the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.