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Saturday, 29 December 2018

Will Republicans use the 25th Amendment in 2019?

My blogs of yesterday and the day before represented conservative views in conservative media like the Washington Times and the Washington Examiner. Both conservative sources provide (my) counterweight against left-liberal media outlets like Washington Post and New York Times.

It's (very) interesting to learn that conservatives are increasingly worried about their 45th President. You wouldn't expect reading anything else in left-liberal media. While (some) Democrats are considering impeachment, (some) Republicans are considering applying the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
"Given that House Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters are already talking impeachment, Mr. Todd predicted the president’s fate will be tied to Senate Republicans, who will “decide whether the president finishes his term or doesn’t, pure and simple.” (Washington Times, 23 December 2018)
The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is invoked by the U.S. Cabinet and "formally outlines the transition of power if the president is unable or unfit to serve" (BI). Impeachment is an action by U.S. Parliament a.k.a. Congress (ie, House and Senate) that requires a 2/3 supermajority and only applies in extreme situations like treason.

From a mathematical point of view, impeachment of the 45th President does not stand a chance of winning as Democrats only have a (small) House majority, let alone a 2/3 supermajority in Congress. If impeachment would ever become a realistic scenario, no doubt Republicans would first apply the 25th Amendment by replacing the 45th President with the Vice-President.

The investigation headed by Robert Mueller, into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, may change the above equation. Recently, a US judge even inquired at the prosecution whether former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn committed treason while secretly working for the Turkish government (Bloomberg, Guardian).

In his 2018 book, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated:
"When you consider that the election turned on 80,000 votes or less in three key states, it stretches credulity to conclude that Russian activity didn’t swing voter decisions, and therefore swing the election." (Vox-2018)
The 45th President regularly tweets: "NO COLLUSION". Clearly, the various indictments by Robert Mueller tell a different tale. The key issue remains whether there was intentional collusion by American citizens and (a) foreign nation(s), which would equal high treason.

Robert Mueller seems close to evidencing the Trump-Russia dossier by Christopher Steele. The fear over this finding seems to be driving the 45th President's increasingly erratic behaviour.

 Treason (It's Just A Story) - 1980 - by The Teardrop Explodes

Is it real 
Or is it treason 
Is it treason


Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless stated otherwise

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