We all knew it would come to do this, actually surprised it took them so long, but we hoped calmer heads would have prevailed on the Dem side of the aisle.
Today Nancy Pelosi issued a warning to President Trump when she told the media she would be talking about the 25th amendment tomorrow. (See video below)
“By the way, tomorrow — come here tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment,” she said. Trump has not responded – yet.
The 25th Amendment, which was ratified in 1967 following the death of President John F. Kennedy, includes a number of different provisions.
In Section 3, it outlines how the president can temporarily transfer his powers to the vice president and then resume the powers of office when he is ready. This has typically occurred when a president undergoes a medical procedure, as when George W. Bush underwent a colonoscopy in 2002 and 2007.
“I will undergo this morning a routine medical procedure requiring sedation,” Mr. Bush wrote in his 2002 letter to the speaker of the House and president pro tempore of the Senate, informing Congress that he was invoking the 25th Amendment. “In view of present circumstances, I have determined to transfer temporarily my Constitutional powers and duties to the Vice President during the brief period of the procedure and recovery.”
Once the procedure was completed, Mr. Bush took back the presidency from Vice President Dick Cheney.
Section 4, which has never been used, says that the vice president would become “acting president” if he or she, along with a majority of the president’s Cabinet, inform Congress that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
A president can challenge a Section 4 claim, if he disagrees, by informing Congress that he is fit to serve. The vice president and Cabinet majority would then have four days to make their case to Congress that the president cannot carry out the duties of the office, and lawmakers would have 21 days to decide whether to remove the president, which would require a two-thirds majority vote in both houses.
In addition, the 25th Amendment lays out what would happen if a president were to die in office or step down for any reason. “In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President,” it says in Section 1.
Section 2 addresses who would then replace the Vice President: “The President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.”
There have been eight instances in U.S. history of presidents dying in office: William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy.
Pelosi says at her weekly press conference: “By the way, tomorrow — come here tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.”— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 8, 2020
25th Amendment lays out succession if the president is incapacitated or deemed unable to carry out his duties https://t.co/Sk39EHPIL5 pic.twitter.com/qtnNc3NAD0
Nancy Pelosi: “Come here tomorrow. We’re gonna be talking about the 25th Amendment”— Chris Martin (@chrisjdmartin) October 8, 2020
Is she insinuating President Trump is going to die? What is this? pic.twitter.com/wMHMQfGAb1