Lawmakers continue to push for removal of President Trump from office

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is among those who have brought up the 25th Amendment, a provision that can be a means of last resort to remove a rogue or incapacitated president.

News 12 Staff

Jan 7, 2021, 10:15 PM

Updated 1,199 days ago

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Calls for President Donald Trump to be removed from office grew louder Thursday, with officials locally and across the nation issuing calls to either invoke the 25th Amendment or impeach.
The lawmakers who have spoken about Trump's removal from office after the riots at the U.S. Capitol span both sides of the aisle.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is among those who have brought up the 25th Amendment, a provision that can be a means of last resort to remove a rogue or incapacitated president.
The amendment would require a majority of the president's Cabinet and the vice president to agree President Trump is not fit for office. It has never been used before in this manner.
Touro Law Professor Richard Klein says the wording of the amendment is a little vague but can't be used to retaliate against the president for his rhetoric alone.
"That's not any grounds for exercising the 25th Amendment, it has to be shown that he is simply unfit to continue in office," says Klein.
Klein adds that Trump could object to the findings and could appeal to Congress, which would have to support the determination by a two-thirds vote.
Some say after the president and his allies encouraged supporters to march on the Capitol, plus his lack of acceptance of the election results, could tip the scales.
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-New York) says measures like censure and impeachment could take too long, and with less than two weeks in office, the president's action cannot be trusted.
"We have to assume that the worst can happen in the next 13 days. I really hope the administration does the right thing and removes him," says Rice. "That to me is the only way we can ensure he does not have the ability to push these levers of power which are so awesome and so potentially dangerous for this country. I think that is our only hope at this point."
For his part, Trump, through his spokesperson Thursday finally committed to an orderly transfer of power on Jan. 20.


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