House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) hinted to reporters about a plan to remove President Donald Trump from office before the November election using the 25th Amendment.
A reporter asked Pelosi if Trump’s illness meant it was time to invoke the 25th amendment, which lays out plans for replacing the president of the United States when he becomes unable to fulfill his duties.
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Her answer? “I’ll talk to you about that tomorrow.”
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“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow — come here tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment,” she told reporters during her weekly press briefing on Thursday, as she took questions about negotiations on coronavirus relief funds.
Democrats have long discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, ever since he was inaugurated in 2017.
“The president is, shall we say, in an altered state right now,” Pelosi said on Bloomberg TV. “I don’t know how to answer for that behavior.”
The text of the 25th Amendment reads:
In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.
Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
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.
Last week, social media accounts were abuzz with the suggestion off using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, given his coronavirus diagnosis.
Though the president was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, and appears to be recovering rapidly, Pelosi evidently has decided to elevate social media chatter to a plan of action.
Last year, Pelosi led the House in impeaching President Trump. He was acquitted in a subsequent trial in the Senate.
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