Following the violent insurrection at the Capitol last week, the House of Representatives, now led by the Democratic Party, are anticipated to vote on the removal of President Trump from office. The House has urged Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the powers of the 25th Amendment to affirm that the president is unfit to perform and release the duties of his office. Pence has since declined a call from Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and has also made no indication on where or not he would take action.
What It Takes to Remove a President From Office
1. An invocation of the 25th Amendment, Section 4. The 25th Amendment permits the vice president to declare that the current president is unable to perform the duties of office. To invoke the 25th Amendment, a vote from both the sitting vice president and the majority of the cabinet is required.
2. Seeking impeachment. Impeachment is the process that files a formal charge against a government official. Once a charge has been filed, the Senate will hold a trial to decide whether the charged official should be removed from federal office.
Why Seek Impeachment or Removal From Office Now?
Many Americans are questioning why an impeachment this far into Trump’s term, with only days left, matters. Here’s why:
1. A removed president may be disqualified from the benefits stated in the Post Presidents Act. For President Trump, this would mean he no longer receives a lifetime pension of more than $200,000 annually, yearly travel allowance, and life-long security detail.
2. An impeachment from the Senate may also remove the right to run for a second term.