- Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday said senior Trump administration officials should consider invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
- The call comes as the Trump administration is reeling from widespread allegations of mutiny within the White House.
- “If senior administration officials think the President of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment,” Warren told CNN.
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday said Trump administration officials should consider invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office, becoming perhaps the most prominent member of Congress to suggest such a move.
“If senior administration officials think the President of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment,” Warren, a rumoured potential 2020 presidential candidate, told CNN.
The Massachusetts senator cited allegations in Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book, “Fear,” which portrays the Trump administration as a chaotic, disunited entity. She also referenced a bombshell New York Times op-ed from an unidentified senior Trump administration official who claimed there’s a “quiet resistance” to the president in the White House.
“The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the vice president and senior officials think the President can’t do his job,” Warren said. “It does not provide that senior officials go around the president – take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds. … Every one of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It’s time for them to do their job.”
Warren suggested the country is in “crisis” when senior officials don’t believe the president can do his job and “refuse to follow the rules that have been laid down in the Constitution.”
“They can’t have it both ways,” Warren said. “Either they think that the President is not capable of doing his job in which case they follow the rules in the Constitution, or they feel that the President is capable of doing his job, in which case they follow what the President tells them to do.”
Under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, if the vice president and a majority of sitting Cabinet members conclude the president is not able to “discharge the powers and duties of his office,” then the vice president becomes acting president.
The would have to write a letter to the president pro tempore of the Senate (currently Sen. Orrin Hatch) and the speaker of the House of Representatives (currently Rep. Paul Ryan) and inform them they do not believe the president is able to continue fulfilling his duties.
Two-thirds of both chambers of Congress would then have 21 days to vote on whether keep the vice president in charge – otherwise power would automatically transfer back to the president.
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