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Using The 25th Amendment

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 10/12/17 20:07, Edited: 10/12/17 20:15

by Dave Mindeman

According to the workings of the 25th amendment, it would take 14 people to set in motion the removal of Donald Trump.

13 Members of the cabinet (a majority) and VP Mike Pence.

So, let's speculate about where his cabinet people would come down on this:

Sec of State - Rex Tillerson (think he wouldn't do this right now?)

Treasury - Steve Mnuchin (follower not a leader, so don't count on him)

Defense - James Mattis (I think he'd be in the 'kick him out' camp)

Attorney General - Jeff Sessions (revenge, people, revenge)

Interior - Ryan Zinke (total Trump lackey- no vote here)

Agriculture - Sonny Perdue (unknown feelings about Trump)

Commerce - Wilbur Ross (crony - he's with Trump)

Sec of Labor - Alexander Acosta (he's a Trumper)

HHS - Acting Sec Don Wright (Price out - Wright is total unknown)

HUD - Ben Carson (If cabinet numbers are close, Carson would oust Trump)

Sec of Transportation - Elaine Chao (wife of McConnell; need we say more?)

Sec of Energy - Rick Perry (Perry will go with what's best for Rick Perry)

Sec of Education - Betsy DeVos (devout Trumper)

Veterans Affairs -David Shulkin (came out of Obama Admin - yes vote)

Homeland Security - soon to be Kirstjen Nielsen (Kelly cohort - yes vote)

Chief of Staff - John Kelly (he'd be the one to start the process)

US Trade Rep - Robert Lighthizer (unknown quantity)

UN Ambassador - Nikki Haley (Probably a Yes vote, but not a deciding one)

OMB - Mick Mulvaney (he'll stick with Trump)

CIA - Mike Pompeo (allies with House leadership - could be a yes vote)

DNI - Dan Coats (Trump has him bewildered - betting on Yes vote)

EPA - Scott Pruitt (only Trump would give him this job - loyal Trumper)

SBA - Linda McMahon (also a Trump loyalist)

So, by my count - we have 10 or 11 votes right now - of the 13 needed.

And you know that Pence would sign on if there were 13.

Trump could fight it, and then it would take a 2/3rds vote of Congress. And Congress could get there.....believe me.

Would these characters have the guts to do this? Doubt it - but never say never.
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