Elizabeth Warren: If Trump officials are so worried, they should invoke the 25th Amendment
US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts told a TV news reporter that if Trump administration officials are so worried about the country, they should invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.
Warren’s comments to CNN reporter Manu Raju on Thursday came after an explosive New York Times op-ed written by a senior administration official claiming that a group of staffers is trying to sabotage parts of Trump’s agenda from inside the White House.
The senator reportedly said that instead of trying to filch documents off Trump’s desk before he sees or signs him — as claimed in Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear” — or writing anonymous opinion pieces, those within the White House should “uphold the Constitution of the United States,” invoking a Belichickian mantra: “It’s time for them to do their job.”
In the op-ed, which was published online Wednesday, the writer said “there were early whispers within the cabinet” of invoking the 25th, but the notion was eventually abandoned because “no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”
The 25th Amendment is a procedure to remove presidents who are considered unfit to be in office. Cabinet members would first have to certify that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” and then two-thirds of Congress would have to concur.
Warren is currently running for reelection in Massachusetts and is also considering a 2020 presidential bid. She will face off against GOP primary winner Geoff Diehl, who is a passionate Trump supporter, in November to retain her Senate seat.