Members in the United States Congress have been holding “private conversations” regarding whether or not Donald Trump could be removed as president of the nation, suggest reports.
After his first 100 days in office proved to be difficult, the president has been subject to a string of mishaps and scandals, leaving congressmen and senators to consider whether or not he can last the entire term.
While the 25th Amendment of the United States Constitution allows for the president’s removal if he is mentally unfit, congress also has the power to remove him in their hands.
Evan Osnos, author of an article discussing the possibility, stated that he was told by varying members of the Congress that people are discussing the issue and possibilities already.
“This is a conversation that people are having around the dinner table, it’s one people have at the office, members of Congress are talking about it in private and the question is very simple: is this a president who is able to do the job and is able to go the distance?” he said to MSNBC’s The Last Word.
“This is a president who is beset by doubts of a completely different order of any president we’ve seen as long as we’ve been looking at this question.
“The truth is that there are people having an active conversation about whether or not he’ll last.”
William Kristol, a former chief of staff for Dan Quayle, vice president under the George H W Bush, said to the magazine that there are reasonable chances that Trump may be removed.
“It’s somewhere in the big middle ground between a 1 per cent [chance] and 50”, he stated. “It’s some per cent. It’s not nothing.”
The Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which was only added back in 1967, allows presidents to be impeached and removed as long as they are “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”.