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Robert Reich Says It's Time To Think About The 25th Amendment And Remove Trump

Some government officials are considering impeachment proceedings because President Trump is “losing his mind,” according to a former cabinet secretary.

The Hill reported that Robert Reich, who headed the Labor Department in former President Bill Clinton’s administration, cited a little known law that could be the vehicle to dump Trump. “It is now time to seriously consider the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which provides for removal of a president who is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,’” Reich wrote Tuesday on Facebook.

He claimed that Trump is getting “more isolated” and “more humiliated.” The administration is under pressure because of its Russian connections, as well as its controversial foreign policy, and struggles to enact legislation. “We know from Trump’s history that whenever he’s cornered he also becomes more aggressive,” Reich wrote. “The further he falls, the more fragile his ego becomes, and the greater is the danger that he will do something desperate.”

The Hill noted that in March, Reich was one of the first well-known politicians to call for Trump’s impeachment. In his Facebook post, he cited four grounds for taking the extreme action and said that “the fifth appears to be on its way.” The former Labor Department chief pointed out that Article II Section 2 of the Constitution requires the president to “faithfully execute the laws.”

“But Trump is unfaithfully executing his duties as president by accusing his predecessor, President Obama, of undertaking an illegal and impeachable act, with absolutely no evidence to support the accusation,” Reich wrote. “Second, Article I Section 9 of the Constitution forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments. But Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel by steering foreign diplomatic delegations to it, and will make a bundle off China’s recent decision to grant his trademark applications for the Trump brand — decisions Chinese authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as president.”

Salon reported that the third item on Reich’s list of grounds for impeachment is the First Amendment’s prohibition of laws not “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” He argued that Trump violated the statute by attempting to ban immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries.

The fourth reason to remove the president from office, according to Reich, is the First Amendment’s guarantee of press freedom. “Trump’s labeling the press ‘the enemy of the people,’ and choosing who he invites to news conferences based on whether they’ve given him favorable coverage, violates this provision,” he alleged. “A fifth possible ground, if the evidence is there: Article II Section 3 of the Constitution defines ‘treason against the United States’ as ‘adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.’ Evidence is mounting that Trump and his aides colluded with Russian operatives to win the 2016 presidential election.”

Reich noted that “presidents can be impeached for what the Constitution calls ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’" He wrote: “The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Trump. The practical question is whether there’s the political will. As long as Republicans remain in the majority in the House, where a bill of impeachment originates, it’s unlikely.”

Source: The Hill
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