Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday called for White House officials to invoke the 25th Amendment and begin the process of removing President Trump from office.
Warren’s comments come one day after the The New York Times published a blistering op-ed written by an anonymous senior administration official that blasted Trump as “amoral” and “anti-democratic” and claimed that staffers constantly thwart the president’s “misguided impulses” and “worst inclinations.”
“If senior administration officials think the president of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment,” Warren told CNN.
“The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the vice president and senior officials think the President can’t do his job. It does not provide that senior officials go around the president — take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds… Every one of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It’s time for them to do their job,” she added.
The anonymous author of the Times piece said that the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office had already been floated by his top aides.
“Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over,” the administration official wrote.
“What kind of a crisis do we have if senior officials believe that the president can’t do his job and then refuse to follow the rules that have been laid down in the Constitution?” Warren asked. “They can’t have it both ways. Either they think that the president is not capable of doing his job, in which case they follow the rules in the Constitution, or they feel that the president is capable of doing his job, in which case they follow what the President tells them to do.”
The Hill notes:
The 25th Amendment provides a procedure for replacing the president involving his Cabinet sending a letter to Congress explaining why the president should no longer be in office. Congress would then need a two-thirds vote in both chambers to remove the president and replace him with the vice president.