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FGCU Political Science Professor says President can be removed from office multiple ways

Posted at 10:08 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 22:08:34-05

ESTERO, Fla. — WFTX asked a professor of political science at FGCU for some perspective amid a growing chorus of Americans calling for invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office.

Peter Bergerson says it can be done in one of three ways.

The first is the President telling Congress he's incapacitated and cannot fulfill his duties as President.

The second is for the Vice President and majority of cabinet members to decide the President can no longer fulfill his duties.

The third way is for Congress to investigate his health and conclude he should be removed.

Bergerson tells WFTX that would include the President's mental health.

"But he would have to submit to an evaluation," said Bergerson.

"They could not force him to do it."

He told WFTX he doesn't expect the amendment to be invoked because there are so few days left in the Trump presidency.

He said his cabinet and Congress could still intervene on something "monumental" like the use of "nuclear weapons."

Bergerson added that, even if the 25th amendment is not invoked, it's up to all Americans to keep themselves informed of what's going on at the White House.

"Society, especially elected leaders and the media need to be a watchdog," said Bergerson adding "the President's behavior is erratic (and) unpredictable."

"He's dangerous."