Trump Impeachment: Congress Could Remove Him Without It | Time

Trump Impeachment: Congress Could Remove Him Without It | Time

But there is another provision in the Amendment that has received much less popular attention — one that could allow Congress to play a role in removing the President. And no, it isn’t impeachment. Instead, a little-known provision in Section 4 empowers Congress to form its own body to evaluate the President’s fitness for office, eliminating the need for the Cabinet’s involvement in the process (emphasis ours):

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.

But what constitutional constraints are put on this power? Remarkably, there aren’t any. The framers of the 25th Amendment left the provision purposely vague, allowing Congress flexibility to decide on its specifics at a later date. It should come as no surprise to those who bemoan Congress’s frequent inactivity to find out that in the 50 years since the Amendment passed, it has never made such a decision.

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2 thoughts on “Trump Impeachment: Congress Could Remove Him Without It | Time

  1. Pence is as bad, and probably worse than Trump. This is one reason impeachment is needed – the wrongdoings of Pence can be revealed. Pence’s largest donor (Cummins) from his hometown does a lot of business with Russia. Pence’s bro worked for Cummins. At least Trump is a rattlesnake, whereas Pence is some sort of silent lethal one. Trump’s not so totally in bed with the religious right, either.


  2. Oh, nothing…just a sworn affidavit alleging that the President of the United States, along with his billionaire pal, raped a 13 year old girl. #JefferyEpstein #epsteinindictment

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