Capitol Hill Buzz: Democrat eyes law on removing presidents
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WASHINGTON — Perhaps in a bit of wishful thinking, a House Democrat says he plans to form a working group to "clarify and strengthen" the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which lays out presidential succession and the steps the executive branch can take to remove a president from office.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon says he's initiating this effort in response to Republican Donald Trump's presidency, even though there have been no signs of an effort to remove him.
"Like many people, I've noticed a renewed interest in the 25th Amendment as we've seen erratic
The 25th Amendment was ratified in 1967 as a response to President John F. Kennedy's death in 1963. It made clear that the
It also allows members of the executive branch to essentially force Congress to vote on whether to remove the president from office. The amendment states that the
The flaw, Blumenauer says, is that the Cabinet may be fired by the president, "undermining this ostensible check on an unstable president." He notes that the "some other body" is undefined, and there is no guidance for how it should operate. Blumenauer says he believes that living former presidents and
It's unclear if anyone else has signed on to Blumenauer's effort. Republican