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What is the 25th amendment and could Donald Trump be removed early

The 25th Amendment is back in the news following the protests at the US Capitol building.

We’ll hear a lot about whether it will be used to remove President Donald Trump from office before he officially leaves on January 20.

Here’s what it’s all about.

The amendment was ratified in the wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and debilitating illnesses of Dwight D. Eisenhower — and it requires a crisis on that level to be enacted.

In order to remove Trump using the 25th Amendment, a majority of the Cabinet he personally selected, working with his own vice president (Mike Pence), would have to agree he was no longer able to be President and publicly make that declaration, in writing, and send it up to Congress. That’s the first thing.

Trump would then have the ability to publicly disagree, in writing. And if his Cabinet reasserted, within four days, “their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” Congress would have to assemble within two days and two-thirds of both the House and Senate would have to vote to remove the President within 21 days. They’re not known for moving quickly.

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