Elizabeth Warren: Time To Employ 25th Amendment To Oust Trump From Office

Elizabeth Warren: Time To Employ 25th Amendment To Oust Trump From Office

The writer of the op-ed, who has yet to be named, said officials have discussed the 25th Amendment, which provides for a way to remove the president if he can not "discharge the powers and duties of his office".

Warren, 69, recently released tax returns going back 10 years - perhaps laying the groundwork for a potential presidential run against Trump in 2020, as Fox News reported.

The op-ed writer was identified as a "senior Trump administration official" who says he or she is part of an internal "resistance" working quietly within the administration to thwart parts of Trump's agenda - expressing doubts about Trump's fitness to lead, along with concerns over his "erratic" governing style.

Yuri Gripas / Reuters "Every one of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States".

However, another left-leaning journalist, Jordan Chariton, put it this way: "If senior officials feel the country is in peril, they need to put their name to it and invoke the 25th amendment..."

Warren points to an anonymous senior official who wrote a New York Times opinion piece claiming to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to thwart Trump's most risky impulses. "It does not provide that senior officials go around the President - take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds", she explained to CNN.

The 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967, is meant to be a failsafe to handle when a President is unable to fulfill the duties of the office for reasons besides injury or death.

She is running for reelection to the Senate in November. If I weren't here I believe the New York Times probably wouldn't even exist.

The op-ed also describes "repetitive rants" from the president and "impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions". Some officials called reporters to chase down rumors about who was behind the op-ed, and whether it came from inside the White House or a cabinet-level agency.

In an extraordinary move, Trump tweeted Wednesday that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

The newspaper published the editorial from an administration member "whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure". Imagine if Karl Rove and Ari Fleischer chose to prevent George W. Bush from actually, you know, doing presidential things. "But it's really a disgrace".

"The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States", she said in a statement.

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks during an event to introduce the "Medicare for All Act of 2017" on Capitol Hill in Washington September 13, 2017.



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