A Bay Area congresswoman who sits on the House Intelligence Committee called for President Donald Trump to be removed from the presidency under a constitutional provision that has never before been invoked.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, on Tuesday became the first member of Congress to say that Trump should be removed from office with the 25th Amendment, following his latest comments blaming "many sides" for violence after white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
However, other Bay Area Congress members, including Eric Swalwell and Barbara Lee, and Senator Kamala Harris, for example, have been very vocal about their dislike of Trump's policies and actions. All are Democrats. On Wednesday for example, Swalwell called Trump "unfocused and unstable."
"POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger," Speier tweeted Tuesday evening. "Time to invoke the 25th Amendment."POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment.-- Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) August 16, 2017
The 25th Amendment, states that the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet can temporarily remove the president from office by declaring him or her "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" in a letter to Congress. The vice president would then become the acting president.
If the president objects to his or her removal, the debate goes to Congress. A two-thirds majority vote in both houses of Congress is required to keep the president from returning to office.Every consumer should ask: where did these companies stand when @realDonaldTrump stoked white supremacy? Did they stand still? Or stand up? https://t.co/fO6iapLfdG-- Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 16, 2017
But there's been no sign -- publicly, at least -- that Vice President Mike Pence or the members of Trump's Cabinet are considering taking action to remove him, the Mercury News reported.