Trump Removal Update: Top Lawmaker Invokes Article 25 To Remove POTUS In 21 Days, Not A Year, For Impeachment

Bradley Ryder

Who needs to wait for a Trump impeachment when Article 25 will do just fine and remove him from office in days -- if only a handful of people say so? One prominent lawmaker thinks she knows how.

An obscure article in the U.S. Constitution allows for expeditious removal of the president. And while impeachment rumors are floating around, one leading Washington legislator is invoking it and wants Trump removed from office over his "diagnosed" mental status.

A grassroots effort is underway to impeach Donald Trump amid a special counsel's investigation into the president's campaign and possible collusion with Russia in the past election. In the wake of the Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacy and alt-right rallies that left three people dead (one pedestrian and two helicopter pilots when their craft went down while monitoring the clashes), Trump's statements inflamed an already heated debate.

The president, who was criticized early on by his silence after the violence took a deadly turn, caught more heat over statements he made suggesting a moral equivalence exists between neo-Nazis and counter-demonstrators.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham joined Ohio Governor John Kasich in saying that Trump's statements "are diving Americans instead of healing them." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to a USA Today report, was furious in private about the president's response. He later released a statement -- without mentioning Trump's name -- saying, "There are no good neo-Nazis."

The Washington Journal's post on Speier's tweet suggested that she "diagnosed Trump's mental state" and called for his immediate removal.

"The 25th Amendment, which was ratified after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, details the procedure for non-electoral succession and removing a president from office if two-thirds of Congress and the Vice President deem the Commander-in-Chief 'unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."

"While the provisions have the same hurdles for a Republican Congress without courage, the process is designed to work significantly faster than impeachment, which can take more than a year."

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