The case for impeachment against President Trump is clear, but so is this Republican Congress’ cowardly refusal to act on it.
So today, House Intelligence Committee member Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) began making the case to supersede impeachment and have President Trump removed from office under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution (tweet below).
The 25th Amendment, which was ratified after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, details the procedure for non-electoral succession and removing a president from office if two-thirds of Congress and the Vice President deem the Commander-in-Chief “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
While the provisions have the same hurdles for a Republican Congress without courage, the process is designed to work significantly faster than impeachment, which can take more than a year.
Once invoked, the 25th Amendment allows Congress 21 days to resolve the matter.
While the challenges to removing Trump under the 25th Amendment are great, the significance of a respected member of Congress calling for his removal for a lack of fitness is not to be understated. The 25th Amendment has never been used or seriously called for in its half century in the Constitution, and this shows how strong Democrats’ concern over Trump’s mental capacity truly is.
After the display put on by Trump in recent weeks, it’s hard to make a rational case against Speier’s argument. At the same time, Trump’s horrendous presidency is exactly what he led us to expect from his hateful candidacy and decades of despicable behavior. Everyday that this Republican Congress allows him to remain in Congress is another day that they are complicit in his crimes.
POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) August 16, 2017