On Monday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) presented a bill to expand the impeachment powers of the Constitution.
Filed during the House’s two-week layoff in early April, the bill suggests that former presidents and vice presidents work in unison with the sitting vice president to investigate if the current Commander-in-Chief is worthy of the responsibilities bestowed upon him.
In a statement, Blumenauer insinuates that a potential hierarchy of previous administrations would serve as important, albeit trustworthy counsel.
“It is hard to imagine a better group to work with the vice president to examine whether the president is able to discharge the duties of the office. When there are questions about the president’s ability to fulfill his or her constitutional responsibilities, it is in the country’s best interest to have a mechanism in place that works effectively.”
Blumenauer’s primary gripe focuses on the 25th Amendment, arguing the basic premise of a president’s potential removal from office is limited to death, resignation or impeachment. Law also provides an outlet for the vice president to work with Cabinet officials to decide if a president is incapable of serving his or her post.
The Oregon legislator believes a clause should be implemented that presses on a president’s psychological and emotional well-being. Harping on the president’s capability to simply unseat any and all Cabinet opposition if an opposing declaration is made, Blumenauer also raised concerns in regards to a Cabinet’s unwillingness to stand against its leader, even if the president is incapable of servitude.
“Because the cabinet can be fired by the president, there is a natural bias that would make them reluctant to acknowledge the president’s inability to serve. It’s time to revisit and strengthen the Amendment and make sure there is a reliable mechanism in place if the president becomes unable to discharge the powers and duties of office,” Blumenauer explained.
In February, Bluemenauer cited his concerns for President’s Donald Trump’s “erratic” behavior, basing his claims on Trump’s statements regarding voter fraud and even the president’s recollection of the weather the day of his inauguration.
H/T: The Hill
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