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Former White House adviser Steve Bannon has warned President Donald J. Trump about the 25th Amendment, according to reports. He further believes it is likely to be used, according to claims made by Vanity Fair.
The amendment was adopted in February 1967. It lays out the line of succession for the office of the president and allows for the commander in chief to abdicate his position. It also lays out a manner in which the president can be removed from office.
If the majority of a president’s cabinet agrees that he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” they can remove him. In this case, Vice President Mike Pence would then immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as acting president in the current administration.
Google users searching “25th amendment” have increased since the inauguration of President Trump in January. An analysis of Google trends conducted by McClatchy D.C., shows that in the past five years, the search topic was not of much interest.
However, on Nov. 13, one week after the 2016 presidential election, search traffic on the subject began to rise. Since then, interest in the topic has seen highs and lows, but curiosity on the subject has recently sparked anew.
The 25th Amendment to the Constitution was mentioned by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough this week, as the “Morning Joe” co-host cited comments made by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that suggested the president’s actions could start World War III.
On Thursday, an article in Vanity Fair drew further interest, as it referenced a conversation in the White House on the subject in which the president himself was reported to have been involved.
According to Vanity Fair’s writer, what many assumed was just a Twitter war between the president and Sen. Corker “brought into the open what several people close to the president have recently told me in private: that Trump is ‘unstable,’ ‘losing a step,’ and ‘unraveling.'”
The publication reports that before Corker’s remarks, some West Wing advisers had fears about the 25th Amendment, and wondered if President Trump’s behavior would create a need for the cabinet to take “extraordinary Constitutional measures to remove him from office.”
The publication claims that several months ago, former adviser Steve Bannon told President Trump that he shouldn’t be concerned about impeachment, but should worry about the 25th Amendment.
“What’s that?” President Trump is then reported to have asked.
“According to a source, Bannon has told people he thinks Trump has only a 30 percent chance of making it the full term,” Vanity Fair reports.
Speaking to CBS, National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen said that likelihood (of a medical cause for impeachment) is low, even with a valid medical issue. Rosen said under the amendment, the cabinet and the vice president decide what disabled means, not a doctor, leaving the determination of the president’s disability to be a political question.
“It’s easier to impeach than invoke the 25th Amendment,” Rosen said, “which is why no president has ever been removed under the disability provision of the 25th Amendment.”
Bannon has yet to comment about the report.
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