CBS News Political Correspondent Ed O’Keefe reported Wednesday night that President Trump’s Cabinet is discussing whether to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office just hours after an angry mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the capitol in protest of a vote to certify his defeat in the 2020 election.
“Face the Nation” host and CBS News’ Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Brennan reported that she is talking to actual Trump secretaries who have not yet presented the process to Vice President Mike Pence, but that they are discussing the next steps.
Section four of the 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967, provides the constitutional ability to immediately remove a president from office.
If the vice president and a majority of the cabinet agree that the President is unfit for office, they can remove him. All they need to do is submit a letter to Congress.
A majority of the cabinet, in this case, means a majority of the 15 core secretaries, according to a 1985 opinion from the Department of Justice.
The vice president then becomes acting president and stays in the post unless Congress refuses to allow that transfer of power to stand.
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