House Democrats, as their leaders had pre-announced, introduced a bill on Monday, Jan. 11, asking Vice President Pence to support moves to remove President Trump using the 25th Amendment. However, Republicans managed to object to the measure and rejected the attempt to remove the president.
In an attempt at political opportunism after the scandals on Capitol Hill by leftist infiltrators, several Democrats, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), began last week to publicly announce their intention to remove the president using the 25th Amendment. This would have been a completely unconstitutional act.
“I join the Senate Democratic leader in asking the vice president to remove this president by invoking the 25th Amendment immediately,” Pelosi said according to Fox News last week.
Both Democrats are charging, without trial, President Trump with the chaotic events that occurred last Wednesday at the Capitol when it has already been proven that leftist extremists, disguised as Trump supporters, violently entered the building and caused the chaos.
Nothing is more lacking in arguments, especially considering that the biggest victim after the events was President Trump. What would be the motive for him to organize or encourage such a disaster?
According to Neon Nettle, Democrats presented on Monday a request to consider a bill that asks Pence to mobilize the 25th Amendment in the wake of last week’s riots on Capitol Hill, trying to hold President Trump responsible for the events.
But Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.), objected to the bill and followed up on the rejection.
Meanwhile, Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu, David Cicilline, and Jamie Raskin have drafted an indictment article, reportedly called Incitement to Insurrection, and plan to introduce it in the House this week.
The House debate and a vote on the article are expected to take place on Wednesday. The goal would be to bring about a new impeachment of President Trump.
The 25th Amendment provides for the removal and replacement of the president if he “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” The amendment in question speaks of “incapacity”; nowhere does it state that it can be used to remove the president because of a disagreement with the way certain matters are handled, much less because it is considered (unfoundedly) that he would have done something aberrant like sending a mob of protesters to take over the Capitol. For such situations there is the figure of impeachment that has nothing to do with the 25th Amendment.
According to journalist Gregg Jarrett of Fox News, former Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.), who drafted the amendment, declared that the word “incompetent” meant “an impairment of the powers of the president” such that “he cannot make or communicate his decisions as to his own competence to execute the powers and duties of his office.”
The real reason for using the 25th Amendment is when, for example, there is some kind of accident and the president suffers some form of unconsciousness or paralysis, which “makes it impossible for him to make or communicate a decision to relinquish the powers of his office.”
None of this happened last week, which is why the bill was rejected, although there is concern about the intention of the Democrats to eliminate President Trump using any argument, however irrational and unconstitutional it may be.