VP Mike Pence Asked if He’s Considered 25th Amendment to Remove Trump

VP Mike Pence Asked if He’s Considered 25th Amendment to Remove Trump

President Trump and the White House went into full counterattack mode over Wednesday's extraordinary op-ed in the New York Times from an anonymous senior administration official, attacking both the source and the publication.

The NYT published an op-ed Wednesday by an anonymous U.S. official, said that he or she, and others in government, have vowed to thwart the president's "more misguided impulses until he is out of office".

The writer of the op-ed, who has yet to be named, said officials have discussed the 25th Amendment, which provides for a way to remove the president if he can not "discharge the powers and duties of his office".

- Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) September 6, 2018 If senior officials believe the president is unfit, they should stop hiding behind anonymous op-eds and leaking info to Bob Woodward, and do what the Constitution demands they do: invoke the 25th Amendment and remove this president from office.

The amendment, ratified in 1967, created a legal mechanism for designating a head of state when the president is disabled or dead. Richard Nixon's defense secretary James Schlesinger later said that in the final days of the Nixon presidency, staffers had been instructed to check with him or then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger before launching an attack.

But if it were to happen, this is what would occur: a significant amount of senior officials would have to submit a written declaration that the president (in this case, Trump) was no longer able to "discharge the powers and duties of his office".

She is also urging followers to sign up on her campaign website - and tell the Trump Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment if the president can't fulfill the duties of the office.

The requirement for two-thirds majorities in Congress is created to keep this process from being used for simple political reasons and ensure that Congress and the executive branch use the 25th Amendment only in situations - like the hypothetical accident - in which it is obvious to all this is necessary.

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The New York Times op-ed portrays Trump as "erratic", saying, "meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions".

Removing a president between elections is meant to be tough.

Impeachment: Requires a simple majority in the House and two-thirds vote in the Senate.

But Donald Trump insists his administration is "doing a great job.' He also unloads on the 'failing New York Times" for running an 'anonymous - meaning gutless - a gutless editorial'. The piece claims a shadowy group of insiders has formed a so-called "resistance" and that they had considered invoking the 25th Amendment but decided not to in order to avoid "a constitutional crisis".

The Democrat's comments follow a stunning newspaper op-ed by an anonymous senior administration official expressing grave concerns about Trump's morals and behavior. Instead, officials are trying to to "do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until - one way or another - it's over".

What is the 25th Amendment? "No", Trump said near the tail end of an extended tirade.

"This coward should do the right thing and resign", Sanders added.

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