Following the chaos that unfolded at the Capitol building Wednesday, reports are circling that members of President Trump’s own cabinet, as well as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, are considering invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office and, more importantly, bar him from seeking a second term in office.
CBS News, among others, reported that cabinet members have been discussing invoking the amendment that is reserved for when the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
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The 25th provides the vice president and ‘a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress’ the ability to remove the president from office.
Impeachment under the 25th amendment would effectively bar Trump from being able to seek a second term in office in 2024.
Democratic representatives have sent a letter to Mike Pence requesting that he invoke the amendment, according to NBC News.
The Democrats wrote “Even in his video announcement this afternoon, President Trump revealed that he is not mentally sound and is still unable to process and accept the results of the 2020 election.”
“President Trump’s willingness to incite violence and social unrest to overturn the election results by force clearly meet this standard, the letter continued, adding “so too are his recent tweets, which Twitter has since deleted, saying the election was ‘stolen’ and that today’s riots ‘are the things and events that happen.”
“For the sake of our democracy, we emphatically urge you to invoke the 25th Amendment and begin the process of removing President Trump from power,” the letter concludes.
The notion is also being pushed by prominent lobbyists.
The National Association of Manufacturers head Jay Timmons stated that “Vice President Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy.”
“The outgoing president incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy,” Timmons said, adding “This is not law and order. This is chaos. It is mob rule. It is dangerous. This is sedition and it should be treated as such.”
While the 25th is being secretly debated in Congress, former US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis went one further by suggesting that President Trump should face exile.
For four years, Trump opponents have been calling for the 25th amendment to be invoked, with the likes of CNN even advocating for a new amendment to the Constitution to prevent Trump or anyone like him from ever taking office again.
Reports are also now circling that multiple White House officials are planning to resign.
US Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger already quit, and was followed by Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews: