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Vice-President Mike Pence has opposed plans to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Donald Trump from office early.

The Republican deputy leader – who holds the power to strip the President of his duties – said in a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday that he is against any such measure.

"I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution," Pence said.

Pelosi had said she would move forward with impeaching Trump if Pence failed to invoke the unprecedented change to the Constitution.

Democrats in the House of Representatives have already formally charged Trump with one count of "incitement of insurrection" and hope to vote as early as today.

The Democrats hope to vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump as early as Wednesday
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The 25th, meanwhile, has never been invoked since it was ratified in 1967.

It would require a majority of cabinet leaders, plus Pence, to formally write to Congress' leaders and say Trump is unfit to serve.

The VP's decision comes after the disgraced President warned efforts to remove him from office will "come back to haunt" his soon-to-be successor Joe Biden as the FBI warned of plots by armed protesters ahead of next week's inauguration.

Pence had been urged by Democrats and other groups to boot Trump out
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Trump called the process to remove him the "continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics".

"I think it’s causing tremendous anger and it's really a terrible thing that they are doing," he added.

Making his first public appearance since the deadly Capitol riots last Wednesday, the President also showed no contrition for remarks he made to supporters prior to and during the attack which led to five deaths.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already begun to process to impeach Trump for a second time
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Pence sent a letter to Pelosi refusing to invoke the amendment to the Constitution

"What I said was totally appropriate," he told reporters as he left for a trip to the US-Mexico border wall near Alamo, Texas, on Tuesday.

Trump's baseless claims of election fraud in the two months after ballots closed culminated in the unprecedented attack in Washington, which saw those in the Senate chamber forced to flee for safety.

In a rally speech on the morning of the failed coupe, he had encouraged supporters – many of whom were armed – to descend on the government building to protest Congress formally announcing Biden as President.

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"So if you read my speech – and many people have done it, and I’ve seen it both in the papers and in the media, on television," said Trump.

"It’s been analysed, and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate."

He later ignored calls to tell the rioters to back down, instead describing them as "patriots" in social media posts.

Twitter and Facebook both deemed him to have been using their platforms to incite violence and have subsequently banned him.

Trump made his first public appearance since the riot on Tuesday by touring a section of the US-Mexico border wall in Texas
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But Trump's iron grip on his party is showing further signs of weakening after at least three Republicans, including a member of the House leadership, said they would vote to impeach him.

Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, said: "There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

Two other Republican House members, John Katko and Adam Kinzinger, said they would also vote for the historic second impeachment of the Republican president, who leaves office in just eight days.

Hundreds of fanatical Trump supporters stormed the Capitol
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Five people were killed in the failed coup
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Any impeachment would trigger a trial in the Senate, which is scheduled to be in recess until January 19 and has already acquitted Trump once before. 

As a result, he is unlikely to be removed prior to Biden taking over at the White House next week.

It was earlier reported how US law enforcement bosses warned of a plot in which 4,000 armed protesters could descend on Washington in the coming days, encircling the Capitol once again and potentially assassinating politicians.

It was one of three extremist plots picked up by security services that were detailed in a phone call between
US Capitol Police and Democrat members of Congress,according to politicians who were on the call, reports The Times.

It also emerged that the FBI had warned extremists were planning for "war" the day before the storming of
the Capitol on January 6.