What You Need To Know About The 25th Amendment

An anonymous newspaper op-ed attributed to a senior official in the Trump administration suggests that some in the Cabinet have contemplated using the 25th Amendment to remove the president.
Source: Alex Wong

Updated at 8:39 p.m. ET

Another surreal twist in the midst of another frenetic week has brought an unexpected question to the top of the conversation in Washington, D.C.

What is the 25th Amendment?

The short answer: It's a way, other than impeachment, provided by the Constitution for power to be taken away from a sitting president.

The long answer: The law provided an answer to painful questions posed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The Constitution is clear that if a president dies or is killed, the vice president takes over.

But what happens if a president is grievously wounded? What if

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