You had to have been living under a rock not to have heard calls for President Trump’s impeachment, emotional instability or unfitness to hold office. There is talk of invoking the 25th amendment.
The 25th amendment; now there’s an answer: not so fast, Jack! The 25th amendment lays out the order of succession if the President is incapable of ‘being President’ like JFK. The Vice President assumes the role of the President. But article IV, of the amendment (which contains the legal process of invoking the 25th amendment) and this is where the waters get murky.
1. The Vice President and a majority of the executive (cabinet members) need to agree that removal from office is in the country’s best interest.) They petition the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate in writing.
2. The VP immediately assumes the Presidency
3. The President can then appeal to the Congress that he is, in fact, capable to hold office. the decision. He can appeal to get back what the Vice President ‘took.’ If his appeal is successful, he is able to take the job back that he relinquished to his Vice President.
Problems? I see a few: All decisions of this magnitude need to have as a priority, “what is best for the American people?” What is best for our Union runs a close 2nd…I submit that unless the situation is dire, the damage that can be done to our Union by removing a duly-elected President from office, unless he is clearly unfit to do the job is too great. The polarizing effect would be too great and the country would suffer.
The Vice President and other members of the executive would not have jobs without having been chosen by the President. Would they turn their backs on him? Et tu brute? Sounds like a cabinet-level mutiny to me. I’d like to think I live in a world where unless a President has been deemed unfit for office by a psychiatrist or medical doctor, he stays in office.
The President stays in office until such time as he has been declared unfit (not disliked by many armchair psychiatrists who have never seen the President) This is no laughing matter and I doubt that with a Republican House and Republican Senate, that removal would happen.