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With just eight days left in office, the “adults in the room” who had been keeping President Donald Trump from flying off the rails are leaving him to fend for himself after he spurred his supporters to violently attack the Capitol.
Sure, most Republicans aren’t joining the charge to oust Trump. But they’re not standing in the way of those efforts either. And they’re not rushing to his defense as they’ve done for the last four years, even in the face of a rapidly moving plan in the House to impeach him again, this time for inciting an insurrection.”
There’s no serious effort either involving vice president and other Republicans to send the president out the door via the 25th Amendment. Pence and his team are instead counting the hours until Trump leaves office.
But Pence’s team has rebuffed any talk that Pence would pardon Trump should the president resign from office or temporarily step down in his final days to allow that move to happen, according to Republicans close to the outgoing VP.
“It’d be an investigation-worthy thing for sure,” one of the GOP sources said of the legal pickle Pence would end up in should he pardon Trump. “I don’t know that he’s going to want to take it on, especially after the guy treated him like s—.”
Adding to the building acrimony between the two men whose political careers will forever be inextricably linked, Trump has yet to apologize to his vice president for the rioters threatening him and his family, said one Pence advisor, despite their meeting in private in the Oval Office Monday.
The threats to the Trump presidency in the final hours are indeed very real.
House Republican leaders signaled to their rank-and-file members on Tuesday that they would not be lobbied to oppose impeachment. And Senate Majority Leader …read more
Source:: Business Insider