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Columnists Points To 25th Amendment As A Means For Dealing With Trump

Shortly after it became apparent that President Trump had surprisingly upset Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in last year’s election, calls for impeachment began to ring out from those that couldn’t come to terms with what had happened. The calls fizzled out once it was pointed out that there were no grounds to base that on, but that hasn’t stopped the word from becoming a rallying cry of sorts for Trump detractors.

As AOL shares, the calls are getting louder these days. In the wake of Trump’s surprising decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, there has been a never-ending stream of stories suggesting that things are amiss in the Trump administration. It’s gotten so bad that former FBI director Robert Mueller has been called in to act as special counsel to lead an investigation into things, and those that are openly wishing for impeachment are starting to feel emboldened.

We have quite a ways to go before even getting close to that, but the calls aren’t going away. Columnist Ross Douthat recently made his case for impeachment in the pages of the New York Times, and he feels the 25th amendment to the US Constitution is going to come in handy right about now.

"The 25th Amendment, proposed by Congress and ratified by the states in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, provides the procedures for replacing the president or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation," notes the Cornell University Law School website.

Barring a catastrophic event, it’s going to be pretty tough to lean on the 25th in this case, but Douthat has outlined why he feels it’s appropriate in this case. He notes that to be a sitting president, "one needs some basic attributes: a reasonable level of intellectual curiosity, a certain seriousness of purpose, a basic level of managerial competence, a decent attention span, a functional moral compass, a measure of restraint and self-control."

As Douthat sees it, "Trump is seemingly deficient in them all."

That’s a pretty gigantic leap on Douthat’s part, but it’s a take that will play out quite well on the liberal side of the aisle. Trump supporters would beg to differ, and they would likely counter any attempts to invoke the 25th on these grounds as another example of DC insider collusion. In short, let’s wait and see how things play out before calling for impeachment, as it’s not as simple as saying the word to make it happen.

Source: AOL
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