Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling on Trump administration officials to invoke the 25th Amendment as a means of removing the president from office.
Section 4 of the constitutional amendment says that if the vice president and a majority of Cabinet members determine that the president is unable to “discharge the powers and duties of his office,” then they can oust him and make the vice president acting president.
“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,” said the Massachusetts Democrat, expected to run for president in 2020.
“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.”
So deep is Warren’s hatred for Trump that she apparently doesn’t care a whit about the crisis that would create in America.
Warren cites excerpts of the upcoming Bob Woodward book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.” Woodward paints the White House as chaotic, with Trump going off on rants often. She also cited the anonymous op-ed in The New York Times op-ed in which a “senior administration official” said some Trump officials are conducting a “quiet resistance.”
Warren said officials orchestrating that resistance are duty-bound to invoke the 25th Amendment.
“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?” Warren told CNN.
“They can’t have it both ways,” she 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.”
Her call is beyond a pipe dream. According to the Constitution, the vice president would have to write a letter to the president pro tempore of the Senate (Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah) and the speaker of the House of Representatives (another Republican, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin) telling them he was taking over as president.
Then two-thirds of both chambers of Congress (currently controlled by Republicans) would have 21 days to vote on whether to allow the vice president to continue to hold the presidency.