Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo discussed impeachment and the 25th amendment for President Donald Trump
With only nine days left until President Biden was sworn in, Congress was calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment, and then if not, they were going to go ahead with impeachment. Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, interviewed with FOX 32 Chicago to explain the difference between these two actions.
“The 25th amendment is typically used when a president is going under anesthesia or something and will not be able to perform his duties, then the vice president takes control,” said Dr. Caliendo. “Historically, we have never used it as a country in a situation like this, but it really calls for members of cabinet and the vice president to agree that the president’s note fit for office and therefore could no longer serve. Impeachment of course, we have lived through not too long ago, where formal charges are brought by the House, and that is what the Democrats are about to do later this week if they do not see movement, but then there has to be a separate trial in the Senate, where the senators are serving as jurors for lack of another analogy, but they would need two thirds majority to agree. So, you need Republicans that jump on board with that, as well.”