There has been a lot of talk lately about using the 25th Amendment to oust Donald Trump from the presidency.
In most cases, they are probably referring to Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, which reads:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
The key is, getting enough ‘principle officers of the executive departments’ to agree to file for the removal of the president due to what they believe would be his inability to discharge his duties.
Washington Examiner – Ex-FBI lawyer: Rosenstein said two Cabinet officials were ‘ready to support’ effort to oust Trump – Former FBI general counsel James Baker testified to Congress last fall that he was told by two officials that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said a pair of Cabinet officials was “ready to support” an effort to remove President Trump from office.
Addressing a joint task force of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, Baker did not name the Cabinet officials. Baker did identify the two FBI officials who informed him of Rosenstein’s talk of invoking the 25th Amendment: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whose anti-Trump text message with ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok has fueled concern among GOP lawmakers that there is rampant bias in the FBI.
“I was being told by some combination of Andy McCabe and Lisa Page, that, in a conversation with the deputy attorney general, he had stated that he — this was what was related to me — that he had at least two members of the president’s Cabinet who were ready to support, I guess you would call it, an action under the 25th Amendment,” Baker said in a closed-door testimony, according to Fox News…
The passage of the 25th Amendment in 1965, was prompted by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
Initial reports indicated that Vice President Lyndon Johnson, also in the same motorcade, had been wounded and not sure if he was capable of carrying out the duties of president.
This caused a wild turmoil in Washington DC for an hour or so, until, unfortunately, it was revealed that Johnson had not been wounded and fully capable of serving as president.
Thus, the passage of the 25th Amendment, which could end up being misused to oust a president on purely political reasons, a very dangerous threat to what little republicanism America has left (America was never intended to be a democracy, but a republic).
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