Sen. Scott: Cabinet Must 'Consider Invoking 25th Amendment' to Remove President Biden

Michael W. Chapman | August 27, 2021 | 4:10pm EDT
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Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- In statements and remarks released yesterday and today, both Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said President Joe Biden's ruinous withdrawal from Afghanistan and the ISIS-K terrorist attack that killed 13 U.S. service members in Afghanistan indicate that Biden is "not fit to lead," and the Cabinet should consider removing him from office through the authority of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. 

Hawley specifically said Biden "must resign."

In a statement released on Aug. 26, Sen. Hawley said, "Our nation is forever indebted to the brave Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice today. And we remember as well the innocent Afghanis who needlessly perished."

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) (Getty Images)

"Joe Biden has now overseen the deadliest day for US troops in Afghanistan in over a decade, and the crisis grows worse by the hour," said the senator. "We must reject the falsehood peddled by a feckless president that this was the only option for withdrawal."

"This is the product of Joe Biden’s catastrophic failure of leadership," said Hawley. "It is now painfully clear he has neither the will nor the capacity to lead. He must resign.”

On Friday, Sen. Scott's office said he was "again calling on Vice President Kamala Harris and members of President Joe Biden’s cabinet to take action on the serious and extremely warranted question of whether Biden is fit to lead as America’s commander in chief, and consider invoking the 25th Amendment."

President Joe Biden (D).    (Getty Images)
President Joe Biden (D). (Getty Images)

In a statement, the senator said, “On August 16, as the world watched the Taliban rapidly take Afghanistan due directly to Joe Biden’s failed withdrawal of U.S. forces, I urged the nation to confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment?"

"Now, 11 days later and following the tragic loss of 13 American service members in a heartbreaking, predictable, and preventable terrorist attack, I am again urging Vice President Harris and the cabinet to put politics aside, act in the best interests of the American people, and consider invoking the 25th Amendment," said Scott. 

"I do not say this lightly or with any pleasure," he added.  "I hope Joe Biden is okay and strong enough to lead, but there is no tolerance for uncertainty here. The Office of President of the United States is the most powerful in the world and it demands total accountability."

“President Biden’s failure to safely withdraw American troops and our allies from Afghanistan has created mass chaos and tremendous danger and bloodshed," continued Scott.  "If yesterday's horrific loss of life wasn’t painful enough, we also have learned that Biden’s administration shared names of Americans and our Afghan allies with the Taliban – inexplicably threatening the lives of even more of our own citizens and allies stranded behind enemy lines."

Marine Corporal Hunter Lopez, one of 13 U.S. service members killed in a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2021. (Photo: Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco)
Marine Corporal Hunter Lopez, one of 13 U.S. service members killed in a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2021. (Photo: Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco)

"His actions continue to defy logic and must be answered for," said the senator. "It’s clear he is not fit to lead. While I continue to call for a full congressional investigation, before even more is lost and damage is done, we must have accountability for the president’s misguided and dangerous actions.”

Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution partly reads, "Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President."

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