Schumer has called for Trump to be removed via the 25th amendment, but how would that work? Michigan State’s Brian Kalt, leading constitutional law expert, is available to assist in coverageJanuary 7, 20212 min read
After a speech by President Donald Trump that inspired a hoard of protestors to storm the Capitol buildings in Washington – there are growing concerns of what the outgoing President might do next.
As well, there’s also growing talk about how to prevent what could be another national or even international incident.
One such measure that’s been a talking point for journalists, politicians and pundits since Wednesday, and recently has been called-for by Senator Chuck Schumer, is removing the president from office by invoking the 25th Amendment.
It’s a topic that Michigan State University’s constitutional expert Brian Kalt knows well.
"Section 4 is designed primarily to work against presidents who cannot do anything, not against presidents who are all too able to do bad things—the latter is fodder for the impeachment process," Kalt explains. "So might Section 4 be a realistic option? Perhaps, if the situation in Washington, DC, spirals further out of control between now and January 20. But Section 4 sets that bar high."
There’s a lot to know about this topic, especially given the extreme circumstances in which it is used.
And, if you are a reporter covering politics and this potential situation, then let our experts help with your questions and ensure your coverage is accurate.
Brian Kalt is a Professor of Law and a Harold Norris Faculty Scholar at Michigan State University. He is an expert in constitutional law of the presidency, and he’s available to speak with media regarding how the Constitution and laws play a role in elections. Simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.
Brian Kalt Professor of Law & Harold Norris Faculty Scholar
Expert in constitutional law of the presidency, presidential pardons, impeachment, succession and the 25th Amendment.