Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Sunday in Las Vegas that Trump administration officials have an obligation to invoke the 25th Amendment if they believe the president cannot fulfill his duties.
The comment came in response to former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe telling CBS’s “60 Minutes” that then-acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had considered the idea out of concern for Trump’s “capacity and about his intent at that point in time,” referring to the days after Trump fired James B. Comey as FBI director.
“My point here is that if they believe that Donald Trump cannot fulfill the obligations of his office, then they have a constitutional responsibility to invoke the 25th amendment,” Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, said after a rally in Las Vegas. “Their loyalty under law is not to him personally. It is to the Constitution of the United States and to the people of United States.”
The comment came during a brief news conference following a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.
The 25th Amendment was ratified by Congress in the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and provides procedures for the replacement of a president or vice president in the event of death, resignation, incapacitation or removal from office.
A spokeswoman for McCabe said Friday that he never participated in talks to invoke the 25th Amendment and that previous comments about the 25th Amendment made by McCabe have been taken out of context.
Warren’s comments came as Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will use his Senate panel to investigate both McCabe and Rosenstein.
At the rally, Warren largely stuck to an economic message, railing against Wall Street, large corporations and government corruption.
“What issue brought you here today, think about what it would mean if we had a government that instead of working for the lobbyists, instead of working for a handful of billionaires, instead of kowtowing to the giant corporations and their executives, instead worked for the people. Everything we care about would be different,” Warren said.
The rally was Warren’s first visit to the Silver State since several surrogate speeches during the 2018 midterms, including a stop in Reno in June to deliver the keynote speech at the state Democratic convention.
At Sunday’s event, she was introduced by Lisa Hendricks, a local organizer with the pro-gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America who touted the senator’s stances on gun violence prevention. And though Warren congratulated state Democrats on the passage of the gun background check bill last week, Warren started where she finished: the economy.
“I want a government that works for little families, not for big corporations,” Warren said.