The liberal mainstream media didn’t take kindly to President Donald Trump suggesting a shutdown of fake news media outlets, so it’s now pushing for his removal from office under the 25th Amendment.
Noting “t would only take Vice President Mike Pence and 13 of President Donald Trump’s 24 Cabinet members to depose him,” the Independent newspaper reports:
Americans have been brushing up on their knowledge of the Constitution lately, according to Google Trends data.
The search term “25th Amendment” spiked in popularity after President Donald Trump took office, particularly after he signed the first controversial temporary travel ban on January 27.
After President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Congress proposed and the states ratified the 25th Amendment in 1967 to formally outline the transition of power. Before that, the vice president didn't officially have the power to take over.
The amendment states that if the president dies, resigns, or is removed from office, the vice president becomes president. If there is a vacancy in the vice presidency for any reason, the president can choose someone to fill it. And if the president is unable to fulfill his duties — like when President George W. Bush was under general anaesthesia for colonoscopies in 2002 and 2007 — he can temporarily transfer his powers to the vice president, and get them back when he's done.
But Section IV is what some liberals have been frantically searching for more information on, because it could be a way to legally remove Trump from office.
That part of the 25th Amendment states:
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.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days 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. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
Contrary to the Independent’s report, however, there are 15 members of the Cabinet; “Cabinet-level” officials—such as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats—do not count. Under the 25th Amendment, it would take Pence and eight of the department secretaries to declare the president unfit.
That’s not going to happen. But the fact that it’s a headline-grabbing story in the mainstream media exposes just how far they will go to delegitimize the Trump administration.