25th Amendment or a Second Impeachment?

A man walked in front of the Capitol building. He is holding a vertical flag that says “Impeach,” referring to the fact that many Americans around the country wish to happen to President Donald Trump.


Debra Garcia, Features Editor/Business Manager

   After the chaos that occurred at the US Capitol on Jan. 7, many have called to remove President Donald Trump from office. This can either be done by invoking the 25th Amendment or impeaching Trump for the second time. 

   Both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have called for Vice-President Mike Pence to take action against Trump or else Congress will start writing articles of impeachment.. With less than eight days until Joe Biden is inaugurated, many believe it would not make sense to remove Trump from office. 

   If the 25th Amendment was invoked, this will begin a long messy process within the Cabinet and Congress. First Pence would have to call for Article Four of the 25th Amendment, which recognizes that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Pence would then have to get a 16-Cabinet majority vote and then tell the President Pro Tempore(Chuck Grassley) of the Senate and the Speaker of the House(Nancy Pelosi). 

   At this moment, Pence would be President but it will not be over yet. If Trump appealed, then he would have to transmit this to Pelosi and Grassley. Since Congress is currently in session, they would have to take up this issue. So over a span of 21 to 23 days, Congress has to vote by two thirds of both houses to remove Trump from office. 

   Although this has never happened before, it does not mean it can not but it seems unlikely. Pence and the rest of Trump’s cabinet have been very loyal to him for the past four years. Next to nothing can change their minds. Does that mean that Trump will get impeached for the second time in two years? 

   Yes actually. Pelosi has already started gathering votes and getting ready to start the process on Jan. 13. The House Judiciary Committee has already introduced a single article of impeachment on Jan. 11.  that has gathered at least 218 cosponsors, according to a congressional aide involved in the process, meeting the majority needed for passage in the House. 

   Mitch Mcconnell has said that he is pleased about the impeachment, as it will be easier to purge Trump from the G.O.P.. He has also explained that Trump has committed many impeachable offences and agrees with the Democrats. 

   After the House votes, the articles are expected to move immediately to the Senate. This is when McConnell has to indicate a trial that is presided over by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Which means this  likely won’t start until the upper chamber returns on Jan. 19. 

   By the looks of it, President Trump will probably be impeached for his actions against the Capitol. Due to the time crunch, the impeachment process will still be occurring when Biden enters the White house. If he is impeached again, he will be banned from holding federal office, not allowing him to run again in 2024.