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Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that he will not invoke the 25th Amendment t0 remove President Trump from office because it would "set a terrible precedent."

Why it matters: Although Pence's announcement was expected, it paves the way for House Democrats to move forward with impeachment legislation.

What he's saying: In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence said, "I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution."

  • He urged Pelosi and "every member of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment," in reference to last week's deadly U.S. Capitol riots.

For the record: House Democrats on Monday introduced a single article of impeachment against Trump, accusing him of inciting a mob of his supporters to violence to prevent certifying the election of President-elect Joe Biden.

  • Soon after Pence's announcement, Pelosi named Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and eight other representatives as managers of the impeachment trial of Trump.

Read Pence's letter, via DocumentCloud:

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Capitol Police officer who died after pro-Trump riot will lie in honor

A vigil honoring United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 28. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died in early January from injuries sustained while responding to the siege on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Friday evening.

Why it matters: Lying in honor is a final tribute reserved only for private citizens who have rendered distinguished service to the nation, according to the Architect of the Capitol.

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Cuomo's former chief counsel joins calls for him to resign after damning report

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) former chief counsel joined top Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday in calling for him to resign after an independent investigation concluded the governor sexually harassed multiple women in violation of federal and state law.

The latest: Alphonso David, who is now president of the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, called the report authored by investigators "devastating" and echoed others' comments in decrying Cuomo's "pattern of sexual harassment."

Cuomo accuser speaks out, calls denials "dangerous," "victim blaming"

Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

A former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who accused him of sexual harassment, spoke out against his earlier denial of inappropriate behavior, telling CBS News that the lawmaker's comments were "dangerous" and "victim blaming."

Driving the news: At a press conference earlier Tuesday, Cuomo specifically addressed the allegations made by his ex-aide, Charlotte Bennett, admitting he "did ask her questions I don't normally ask people," but he flatly denied other details of her allegations.