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NY Times: Trump Won't Be Removed With 25th Amendment

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By    |   Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:56 AM

President Donald Trump doesn't have to worry about being removed from office with the 25 Amendment, despite his "evident unfitness," according to The New York Times. 

"So what's the right way to deal with Mr. Trump's evident unfitness?" the Times editorial board wrote on Thursday. "Not the 25th Amendment, despite the sudden fashion for it.

"Ratified in the wake of President John Kennedy's assassination, the amendment authorizes the temporary removal of a president who is unable to do the job," the Times notes.

"Its final section, which has never been invoked, was meant to clarify what should happen if the president becomes clearly incapacitated. One of the amendment's drafters, Jay Berman, a former congressional staff member who has said Mr. Trump ‘appears unhinged,' still doesn't believe that the amendment applies to his case."

The newspaper adds that even if the amendment were invoked, it would require Vice President Mike Pence and the majority of Trump's Cabinet to declare to Congress that he cannot fulfill the office's functions.

They would then have to restate their case if Trump were to disagree. After that, the House of Representatives and the Senate would each hold a vote, and two-thirds of both chambers would have to agree to remove Trump.

"Impeachment would be a more direct and fitting approach, if Mr. Trump's actions rise to the level of high crimes or misdemeanors," the Times suggests.

"But this path is similarly obstructed by Republicans in Congress, who are behaving less like members of a coequal branch with oversight power than like co-conspirators of a man they know is unfit to govern.

"The best solution is the simplest: Vote, and organize others to register and to vote. If you believe Donald Trump represents a danger to the country and the world, you can take action to rein in his power. In November, you can help elect members of Congress who will fight Mr. Trump's most dangerous behaviors. If that fails, there's always 2020."

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