Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) believes that the New York Times op-ed, written anonymously, is grounds for President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to have the president removed from office, according to Time.
Warren suggested that the opinion piece — in which someone identifying as a senior official at the White House called Trump “amoral” and “anti-democratic” — warrants invocation of the 25th Amendment.
“Let’s be clear: We already have a constitutional crisis if the cabinet believes the President of the United States can’t do his job and then refuses to follow the rules that have been laid down in the Constitution,” Warren tweeted. “They can’t have it both ways.”
Let’s be clear: We already have a constitutional crisis if the cabinet believes the President of the United States can’t do his job and then refuses to follow the rules that have been laid down in the Constitution. They can’t have it both ways.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) September 6, 2018
What is the 25th Amendment?
The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1967, several years after the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. Section 1 of the amendment dictates that “In case of removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.”
The part Warren is referring to is in Section 4;
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
Warren apparently takes the word of this anonymous “resistance” official as proof that Trump is unfit for office.
“If the presidential cabinet believes that President Trump is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office’ as the 25th Amendment states, then every minute they make excuses is a minute that our country is at risk,” Warren wrote on her website.
She also called for whoever is a part of this alleged “resistance” to stop hiding behind anonymity.
“If senior officials believe the president is unfit, they should stop hiding behind anonymous op-eds and leaking information to Bob Woodward boasting that they’re trying to save our country,” Warren wrote.