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Letter to the editor: 25th Amendment

November 14, 2018 GMT

Rhonda Buttacavoli (“25th Amendment DOES provide for impeachment,” Oct. 4, TribLIVE) responded to my letter explaining that a U.S. president cannot be impeached under the 25th Amendment (“25th Amendment does not provide for impeachment,” Sept. 19, TribLIVE) by implying that the amendment does provide for impeachment. She suggested “for the fun of it, let’s look at the entire 25th Amendment,” not just the parts in my “sadly mistaken letter,” and that I “do my homework.” I always do my homework.

Ms. Buttacavoli, are you not aware that the word impeachment is not in the amendment?

Are you not aware Section 1 provides for the vice president to become president in the event the president dies or resigns? Are you not aware Section 3 allows the president to inform the Senate and House leaders, in writing, that he is temporally unable to perform his presidential powers and duties, and until he notifies them to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the vice president?

Are you not aware Section 4 is the vehicle that may be attempted to be used by either political party to unseat a duly elected president? When a president declares in writing that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of the presidency, unless the vice president and a majority of the principal officers of the executive department or such other body as Congress may provide submit their written declaration that the president is unable to resume his presidential powers and duties. Thereupon Congress, by a vote of two-thirds majority of each chamber, decides if the president is able to resume them and if not the vice president shall be the acting president.

I ask everyone to read the Constitution and teach it to their children to prevent the likes of Buttacavoli from distorting its meaning.

John Kostelac

White Oak