This Thursday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said that she thinks White House officials should invoke the 25th Amendment and begin the process of having President Trump removed from office.
Warren made her comments in the wake of an explosive op-ed published anonymously in The New York Times this Wednesday by someone identified as a “senior administration official” who slammed Trump as “amoral” and “anti-democratic,” adding that there’s a “resistance” effort within the White House to counteract Trump’s “misguided impulses” and “worst inclinations.”
“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.
“The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the vice president and senior officials think the President can’t do his job. 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,” she added.
According to the anonymous author of the op-ed, utilizing the 25th Amendment has already been considered by certain people in the White House.
“Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over,” the administration official wrote.
Warren declared that the shows that a change is needed immediately in the White House.
“What kind of a crisis do we have if senior officials believe that the president can’t do his job and then refuse to follow the rules that have been laid down in the Constitution?” she asked. “They can’t have it both ways. 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.”
The 25th Amendment allows for the replacing of a president through his Cabinet sending a letter to Congress explaining the reasons why a president should be removed. Congress would then need a two-thirds vote in both chambers to remove the president and replace him with the vice president.
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