Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said Thursday it is time to invoke a constitutional amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office if senior officials believe he can no longer fulfill his duties.
Prominent comments from Democrats follow an impressive newspaper editorial published by a senior anonymous administration official who expresses serious concern about Trump's morale and behavior.
The New York Times article described an internal resistance movement that prevents him from making "reckless" decisions.
"If senior administration officials think that the president of the United States can not do his job, then they should invoke Amendment 25," Warren told CNN.
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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for constitutional measures to oust President Donald Trump from the Oval Office following the publication of an opinion piece by a senior anonymous administration official who expresses serious concerns about his behavior
The Trump administration received a series of brutal blows this week when the famous journalist Bob Woodward published a book that depicts the White House as a "crazy city" and The New York Times twisted the knife with an opinion piece by a senior government official. Trump
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution allows the vice president and cabinet officials to write to Congress if they believe the president can not do his job.
In that case, the vice president would assume the presidential duties, permanently if the Congress accepts in a later vote that the president can not fulfill his duties.
The amendment, ratified in 1967, allows a temporary transfer of power if the president is incapacitated by something like surgery, as in 2002 when George W. Bush underwent a colonoscopy.
However, much more consistent section 4 has never been used, and experts say the process is particularly complicated.
The opinion piece was published on the same day as explosive excerpts from the next book by veteran investigative journalist Bob Woodward describing how officials would remove important documents from Trump's desk to prevent him from signing a bad policy.
Warren, a potential presidential candidate for 2020, expressed alarm over the fact that senior officials offered anonymous but fiery criticism of a disturbing presidency, but that they did not take constitutional measures.
"What kind of crisis do we have if the top officials believe that the president can not do his job and then refuse to follow the rules established in the Constitution?" Warren said.
& # 39; Can not have it both ways & # 39;
Trump referred to concerns about the impeachment during a rally & # 39; Make America Great Again & # 39; in Billings, Montana, on Thursday night, telling his supporters that the blame falls on them if they overthrow him.
Meanwhile, during a rally & # 39; Make America Great Again & # 39; In Billings, Montana, on Thursday night, Trump told his supporters that the blame would fall on them if they accuse him and alleges that he could lead the United States someday to become a third world country.
Trump raised the specter of the accusation if the Democrats gain control of Congress during their rally in Billings, Montana on Thursday night.
He warned that a Congress controlled by the Democrats would pursue the accusation despite the strong economy and set a precedent that would harm future presidents.
Let's say a Democrat is elected and we say we have a Republican house. We're going to accuse that democrat, right? Trump said.
"You will have a country that will become a third world country because if the opposing party becomes president, even before it starts, even before you discover whether or not it will do a good job, they will say: & # 39; We want to accuse him! & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; If it happens, it's your fault because you did not go out to vote. & # 39;
Trump continued with the issue of dismissal, saying: "How do you accuse someone who is doing a great job, who has not done anything wrong?
"Our economy is good, how do you do it, how do you do it, how do you do it? & # 39;
He warned his followers: "You're not just voting for a candidate, you're voting for which party controls the Congress. Something very important Something very important. "
Trump's top advisers have struggled to deny the opinion article in the Times on Wednesday that criticized the president's leadership style as impetuous, petty and ineffective.
Virtually all of Trump's cabinet, including these famous faces, and the first lady, have declared that they are not responsible for the mysterious opinion piece.
Also at the rally, Trump criticized the author of the Times opinion article, calling it an act of treason.
"The Times should never have done that because what they've done is virtually, you know, it's treason, they could call it a lot," the president said in an interview with Fox News co-anchor Pete Hegseth on a corner. of the Rimrock Auto Arena, with a live audience of more than 10,000 people.
In his speech he criticized the "anonymous coward without courage" behind the essay, verbally hypocritical in the word "anonymous" and twice destroying the pronunciation.
"Nobody knows who the hell he or she is," he finally declared.
The Times should never have done that because what they've done is virtually, you know, it's betrayal.
Trump repeated a challenge he had already issued to the Times on Twitter, demanding the author's head without a name on a tray.
"For the sake of our national security, The New York Times should publish his name immediately, I think his reporters should go and investigate who he is, that would be a good first, that would be a good first!" He said.
"At some point, all of this is going to be uncovered," Trump predicted, while warning of "unelected deep-state operatives" who have tried to take their government into their own hands in a soft stroke.
"And it's really bad and it's really dangerous," he said. "And it's really sad for the media."
The president had suggested half an hour earlier that he would make every effort to identify the official who broke ranks to claim in the Times that a "resistance" of assistants is trying to subvert the president's worst instincts for the good of the country.
DailyMail.com asked him on the asphalt in Billings how he planned to discover the identity of the disloyal officer.
& # 39; Let's try it! & # 39; he shouted, over the noise of an Air Force member idling.
Woodward's book presents current and former attendees who call the president an "idiot" and a "liar" and who describe him as prone to hasty political decisions that attendees worked furiously to derail or stall. He is pictured above leaving Trump Tower in January 2017
Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday to accuse the famous Watergate journalist Bob Woodward of making quotes and information in his new book, Fear: Trump in the White House.
Trump needed the rally to publicly shake his Etch-a-Sketch after a week of revelations that hit his team like a series of kidney strokes.
First came excerpts from the next journalist Bob Woodward & # 39; Fear & # 39 ;, which depicts the president as a poorly prepared and crude leader whose lack of impulse control prompted senior advisers to protect him from himself.
In one vignette, Woodward describes the then chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, literally slipping a draft memorandum from the Resolute Table to thwart Trump's goal of ending a crucial Korean trade deal.
Knocking down the long-standing agreement would have introduced uncertainty in Washington's relationship with Seoul and could have jeopardized the United States' use of South Korean real estate for an ambitious missile detection program.
The internal repercussions of the Cohn case in the west wing had barely passed from panic to simple shock when The New York Times twisted the knife.
The publication of the unsigned opinion article on Wednesday, which according to the Times was written by a senior administration official, yielded a variation on the same subject.
His central claim is that a clique of advisors who winks and winks at an eye believe that his main mission is to save the republic from Trump's closed hands.
"Many of the top officials of their own administration are working diligently from within to thwart parts of their agenda and their worst inclinations," according to the unidentified writer.
Highlights: the hottest quotes in Bob Woodward's book
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT TRUMP:
JOHN KELLY, HEAD OF STAFF: & # 39; It's an idiot. There is no point in trying to convince him of anything. He has left the tracks. We are in Crazytown. I do not even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I have ever had. "
JAMES MATTIS, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: # 5 or 6th grade & # 39;
REX TILLERSON, OLD SECRETARY OF STATE: & # 39; It's an idiot f *** & # 39;
JOHN DOWN, OLD PERSONAL ATTORNEY: & # 39; F *** ing liar & # 39;
JOHN DOWD ABOUT HOW THE TRANSCRIPTION OF A MUELLER INTERVIEW WOULD BE DESCRIBED BY FOREIGN LEADERS: I told you I was an idiot. I told you it was a damn dumbbell. What are we dealing with this idiot for?
GARY COHN, OLD CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER: & # 39; A professional liar & # 39;
ROB PORTER, OLD SECRETARY OF PERSONNEL WHO LEFT WHEN BOTH EX-WIVES CHARGED ABUSE: "One third of my work was trying to react to some of the really dangerous ideas I had and try to give them reasons to believe that maybe they were not those good ideas. & # 39;
WHAT THEY SAID ONE TO THE OTHER:
STEVE BANNON TO IVANKA TRUMP: "You're just a good member of staff! You walk through this place and act like you're in charge, and you're not, you're on staff!
IVANKA TRUMP FOR STEVE BANNON: & # 39; I'm not an employee! I will never be a staff member. I am the first daughter and I will never be employed!
JOHN KELLY TO GARY COHN: "If that were me, I would have taken that letter of resignation and put it in its ** six different moments."
DOWD TO ROBERT MUELLER: He just invented something. That is his nature & # 39;
WHAT THROMPER SAID ABOUT THEM:
BARACK OBAMA: Weak d ** k & # 39;
RUDY GIULIANI, PERSONAL ATTORNEY: Rudy, you're a baby. I have never seen a worse defense of me in my life. They took out your diaper right there. You are like a little baby that needed to be changed. When are you going to be a man?
WILBUR ROSS, SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: I do not trust you. I do not want you to do more negotiations. You have spent your best time & # 39;
H.R McMASTER, ANCIENT NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR: "Dresses like a beer seller."
REINCE PRIEBUS, ANCIENT HEAD OF STAFF: Like a little rat. He just runs around.
AFTER THE EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT FATAH AL-SISSI ASKED IF HE'S GOING TO BE AROUND: "Like a kick in the nuts."
BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SIRIO DICTATOR: Let's kill him! Let's go inside We are going to kill many of them.