“I sleep worse every night knowing Donald Trump is president.”
The release of Michael Wolff’s controversial book Fire and Fury has reignited questions about Donald Trump’s fitness for office. Conservative commentators like the New York Times’s David Brooks and the Washington Post’s George Will have long argued that the president might be dangerously unfit for office, but Wolff’s insider account of the West Wing raises still more troubling questions.
Even Trump’s own staffers, according to Wolff, are regularly discussing the possibility of removing him from office due to his, um, deficiencies.
The question now is what would it take for President Trump to be removed from office? What power does Trump’s Cabinet have to declare him incapable of performing his duties?
The answer to both questions turns on an interpretation of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. The amendment sought to establish a process whereby the president could be removed or replaced in the event of death or some other incapacitation.
It was primarily about ensuring continuity in government, but Section 4 of the amendment stipulates that the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet can declare the president unfit for office and then send a formal notice to the speaker of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate. Once that happens, the vice president becomes the “Acting President.”
Are we inching closer to that possibility right now? And if so, is there a legitimate case to make that the 25th Amendment ought to be invoked?
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