Trump’s Own Republicans Want to Invoke 25th Amendment to Remove Him

(Noted News) — Prominent Republicans, including some from Trump’s cabinet, have been discussing using the 25th Amendment to remove the president on the basis that he incited violence on January 6 during the certification of the electoral college votes. Several Democrats have also signed off on the suggestion, sending a written letter to vice president Pence. 

The 25th amendment allows the vice president and the majority of the cabinet to declare the president unfit to lead, making the vice president the acting president. The amendment was created to carry on presidential duties in the case that the sitting president is unable to lead, for example, if there is a health concern or accident. 

The president is supposed to notify Congress before becoming unable to fulfill presidential duties, but the fourth section of the amendment allows the vice president to take over if the president can’t properly notify and transfer power.

This section has never been invoked, but with vice president Pence now in alliance with an almost unanimously anti-Trump Congress, it has a chance of unfolding. 

David Cicilline, a Rhode Island congressman, along with 16 other members of Congress, wrote a letter demanding Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment so that he can temporarily take power until January 20, when president-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. 

“President Trump’s role in today’s events demonstrates that he is unfit to lead our country. Vice President Pence must invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office.”

The letter to Pence cites the chaos at the capital, along with Trump’s tweets, as a reason to invoke the 25th.

“President Trump’s willingness to incite violence and social unrest to overturn the election results by force clearly meet this standard…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 democracy, we emphatically urge you to invoke the 25th Amendment and begin the process of removing President Trump from power. President Trump has shown time and again that he is unwilling to protect our Democracy and carry out the duties of the office.”

In order for the amendment to be invoked, at least two-thirds of each side of the chamber need to vote in favor. 

Donald Trump has since announced that he plans on an “orderly transition of power” on January 20th, but after inciting the chaos of January 6, Washington is not taking his word for it. 

The January 6th riots led to 4 deaths, and at least 52 arrests, with more to come as more suspects are identified. 

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