What is the 25th amendment and could it lead to Donald Trump’s impeachment?

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DONALD Trump has only a few days left in office, but top senators have been calling for his presidential powers to be removed before then.

After his supporters ripped down fences and breached the US Capitol building on January 6, many are wondering if the 25th Amendment will be used.

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Donald Trump urged protesters to go home after they stormed the US Capitol[/caption]

What is the 25th amendment?

The 25th amendment states: “In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.”

In simple terms, it means that if the President is unable to do his job, the Vice President will take on his role.

It states: “The president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

If the 25th amendment was invoked, Mr Trump would be removed from office and Vice President Mike Pence would take office.

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US Vice President Mike Pence presides over the Electoral College vote certification for President-elect Joe Biden[/caption]

When has the 25th amendment been used?

The 25th Amendment has been used a total of six times for various reasons.

It was first used in 1973 when President Richard Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to fill in as Vice President after Spiro Agnew’s resignation.

Less than a year later, it was used again when Vice President Ford became President after Richard Nixon resigned.

Ford also used the Amendment to allow Nelson Rockefeller to fill the Vice Presidential vacancy when he took over from Nixon.

The remaining three times were used during health scares – to allow the Vice President to fill in for short periods.

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan had surgery to remove a potentially cancerous growth in his colon and he unofficially used the Amendment to allow Vice President George H.W. Bush to temporarily step in.

President George W. Bush also used it twice, officially in 2002 and 2007, while also undergoing surgery.

Could it lead to Donald Trump’s impeachment?

Another way Trump could be removed from office is via impeachment.

Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota said she was drawing up articles of impeachment against the President following Trump’s call to his supporters to fight to undo his election loss.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another Democratic lawmaker and member of the liberal “Squad” often targeted by Republican Trump, echoed Omar’s call in a one-word tweet: “Impeach.”

But with only a few days left of the Trump presidency, this seems unlikely.

The Senate acquitted President Trump in February 2020 after an impeachment trial led by the Democratic-controlled House on charges of trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

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US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks to supporters gathered to protest Congress’ upcoming certification of Joe Biden[/caption]

What happened on Capitol Hill?

Hundreds of Trump fans sieged the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

Over 50 people have been injured and 5 have now died during the clashes.

woman was shot in the chest and later died, while tear gas was fired by police.

Police say three others died from “medical emergencies”, without adding further detail.

One policeman, officer Brian D. Sicknick, was fatally injured too.

The chaos came as members of Congress were meeting to vote and certify the 2020 presidential election results.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in Washington[/caption]

Senators reportedly began to evacuate the Capitol building as cops said tear gas was deployed in the rotunda.

What have people said about impeachment on social media?

Calls for Trump’s removal spread rapidly across social media from Democratic lawmakers, commentators and some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, including Vermont Governor Phil Scott.

He tweeted: “The fabric of our democracy and the principles of our republic are under attack by the President.

“Enough is enough. President Trump should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet, or by the Congress.” 

Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat, said Congress should “impeach and convict” Trump.

He said: “This is outrageous and the president caused it.”

AACP Chairman Leon Russell tweeted: “Inciting a coup has to warrant impeachment.”

There have also been calls to use the 25th amendment to oust him.

Rep Jerry Nadler said: “I am safe. We are sheltering in place. Make no mistake: President Trump and his enablers are directly responsible for this violence.”

One user posted: “Protestors have breached the walls of the capitol building and the congress had to halt its work and shelter in place. No words for that which Trump us wrought. Still not too late for a 25 amendment removal.”.

Another wrote referencing Nazi Germany times: “Is this Trumps Night of the Broken Glass?

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“Congress, the Cabinet ,and the VP need to invoke 25 th amendment and clear the streets,” .

“Trump’s is way past the point of needing to be removed. Amendment 25!” one said.

And one more demanded: “25th AMENDMENT NOW. ARREST AND DETAIN TRUMP NOW!”

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