Fox News reported Sunday that the U.S. Secret Service is investigating death threats made against Vice President Mike Pence — including one from a high-profile supporter of Donald Trump.
According to Fox, Lin Wood, an attorney and fan of the president who made headlines in the wake of the 2020 elections for putting forth a number of lawsuits alleging election fraud, is among those being probed for a now-deleted post he was alleged to have made on the social media site Parler threatening violence against Pence.
“Get the firing squads ready. Pence goes FIRST,” Wood was alleged to have written, according to Fox.
A spokesperson for the Secret Service reportedly told Fox on Saturday that the agency is “aware of the comments and take all threats against our protectees seriously.”
A riot at the Capitol
Disturbingly, Wood isn’t the only one who has called for the vice president’s assassination in recent days. According to Fox, a hashtag calling for Pence to be hanged was trending on Twitter before the company “blocked the phrase and other variations of it from trending.”
The Secret Service is also said to be looking into instances of rioters chanting “Hang Pence” inside the U.S. Capitol after breaching the building in a violent and destructive rampage Wednesday.
The violence, which came following a rally where the president and many of his allies spoke in Washington, left five dead and has prompted calls from both Democrats and Republicans for Trump to be removed from office, perhaps even at the hands of Vice President Mike Pence, on the grounds that he incited it all.
According to Politico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote in a letter to colleagues Sunday that if Pence didn’t move to invoke the 25th Amendment to forcibly remove Trump, a provision that also requires the support of the president’s Cabinet, House Dems would move forward on impeachment proceedings.
“We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours,” the speaker wrote, as Politico reported. “Next, we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor.”
The clock is ticking
House Democrats followed through Monday by filing a single article of impeachment against the president, charging him with “incitement of insurrection,” according to NBC News. A vote on the floor could come as early as Wednesday.
Dems on the House Judiciary Committee also put forth a resolution calling on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which the House is reportedly set to vote on Tuesday after a bid for unanimous consent Monday was blocked by Republicans.
It all comes, however, just a little over a week before President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office. Indeed, it remains unclear whether Pence, or even a majority of the Senate, is on board with Pelosi’s plans to remove Trump — and Jan. 20 is only getting closer with every passing minute. Would the Senate really vote to convict a president who’s already out of office, even if Dems do succeed at impeachment? Only time will tell.