Could This Be It For Trump? Congress Has The Power To Remove Him Without Impeachment By Doing This…
Donald Trump has left many wondering if he is psychologically stable to run as the president of the United States. Some people that are questioning his mental health are Senator Al Franken and several of his GOP colleagues, who shared the opinion that Trump is “not right mentally.”
But that’s not all who thought Trump wasn’t all there in the head. 35 mental health professionals — psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers — took to the pages of the New York Times to register their own concerns that the President was demonstrating “grave emotional instability.”
Now, where does this come into play when it comes to removing Trump from office? Well, according to section 4 in the 25th Amendment:
“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.”
Remarkably there are’t any constitutional constraints on this power. The framers of the 25th Amendment left the provision purposely vague, allowing Congress flexibility to decide on its specifics at a later date. If congress decided to use this power it would be the first time in its 50 years of existence that it is used.
There are two approaches Congress could take to act on this provision.
The first one would be to appoint a panel of independent medical practitioners to judge the health of American presidents. While the second approach would be for Congress to appoint a body with no medical expertise whatsoever. Because the 25th Amendment does not require a medical diagnosis or consultation with medical professionals, Congress could even appoint members of its own ranks to the panel. The reason for that is because the president often has a close relationship with their physicians.
Trump’s physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, famously wrote a bizarre four-paragraph letter raving about Trump’s “astonishingly excellent” health. He later said that he wrote this letter in five minutes while riding in a limousine paid for by Trump himself.
That just tells you that he put no professional input into the letter but mainly wrote it to make Trump seem like an all out healthy man.
The odds of this happening might not be so high, but Trump’s erratic behavior in recent weeks has led many — including constitutional scholar and Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe — to start talking about whether the President is fit to discharge the duties of his office under the meaning of the 25th Amendment.