With at least five Republicans joining their push to impeach President Donald Trump over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives stood poised for a history-making vote to try to remove the president from office.
That would trigger a trial in the still Republican-controlled Senate, although it was unclear whether enough time or political appetite remained to expel Trump.
"I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation," Pence wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shortly before the House was set to vote on a measure calling on Pence to use the amendment to strip Trump of power.
Over half of surveyed Americans in a new poll have indicated that they believe that President Trump should be removed from office, following the attack on the Capitol by his supporters.
56 percent polled in favour of the removal of President Trump from office, while 67 percent polled that the outgoing President deserves a significant degree of the blame for the rioting that took place in the Capitol.
Amidst mounting pressure for the removal of President Trump from office, House speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to the nation's top military leader to curb the President's authority to take military action - at home and abroad.
In the aftermath of the chaotic events on Wednesday, in which the President urged thousands of his supporters to flock to the Capitol building, which resulted in an insurrection to repeal the results of the election; leaving five dead.