Warren: Officials Have ‘Responsibility’ To Invoke 25th Amendment If Trump Is Incompetent
Speaking after a campaign rally on Sunday evening, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who is herself running for president of the United States, suggested that officials in the White House must take action to remove current President Donald Trump from office if they think he cannot exercise his duties in a competent manner.
Under the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a vice president, with consent from half of the president’s cabinet, can remove a said president from office, citing the inability of that individual “to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” A president can challenge that charge, however, after which the matter goes to Congress to decide who’s right.
In her statements on Sunday, Warren said that invoking the 25th Amendment was necessary if officials had serious misgivings about Trump’s ability to lead.
“[I]f they believe that Donald Trump cannot fulfill the obligations of his office, then they have a constitutional responsibility to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Warren said, per reporting from The Nevada Independent. “Their loyalty under law is not to him personally. It is to the Constitution of the United States and to the people of United States.”
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The comments came after it was revealed on 60 Minutes on Sunday, during an interview with former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, that the idea was given serious consideration. McCabe said during that interview that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had given the matter some thought, due to his and others’ concerns for whether Trump had the “capacity” to lead, “and about his intent” following firing of James Comey.
Rosenstein has long denied that he pushed for the 25th Amendment. But per previous reporting from Hill Reporter, it has been alleged by former FBI lawyer James Baker that there were at least two officials in the Trump White House mulling over the idea of removing the president through such means.