What’s the deal with the 25th Amendment?

There are just a few days left in President Donald Trump’s term, and following a mob of his supporters storming the US Capitol building, speculative talk of removing Trump from office using the 25th Amendment is everywhere. In this latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains the reason for the amendment — and what it would take for Trump’s Cabinet to actually use it.

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:

Pence has not ruled out 25th Amendment, source says
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/09/politics/mike-pence-25th-amendment/index.html

Several Cabinet secretaries informally discuss invoking 25th Amendment but Pence ‘highly unlikely’ to pursue
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/07/politics/25th-amendment-cabinet-secretaries/index.html

Second Cabinet member announces resignation over Trump’s response to riot
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/07/politics/elaine-chao-cabinet-resignation-trump/index.html

The day America realized how dangerous Donald Trump is
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/09/politics/donald-trump-dangerous-capitol-riot/index.html

What Is the 25th Amendment and Could It Be Used to Remove Trump From Office?
https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-is-the-25th-amendment-and-could-it-be-used-to-remove-trump-from-office-11610064304

Calls to replace Trump via the 25th Amendment are growing. Here’s why it’s never happened before.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2021/01/calls-to-replace-trump-25th-amendment-growing-heres-why-never-happened-before/

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