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  •  Amendment XXV (8+ / 0-)

    Sections 3 and 4 of the 25th Amendment are popular among TV writers and authors of political thrillers.

    • Section 3 allows the President to temporarily transfer his/her powers to the next in line of succession whenever the President determines he/she is unable to discharge the duties of the office. This section has been invoked, but so far only when a President has been undergoing some sort of medical procedure.
    • Section 4 has never been invoked, but is far more interesting. It allows the Vice President and a majority of the cabinet to transfer the powers of the Presidency to the Vice President, if the Vice President and a majority of the cabinet send a letter to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House declaring the President unfit. If the President resists the charges, a trial takes place in Congress & the President is removed if 2/3rds of both the House & Senate agree with the VP & the cabinet.

    In the 1994 remake of Seven Days In May, the Vice President was a co-conspirator in the military coup, and Section 4 of the 25th Amendment was the means by which the conspiracy was going to remove the President.

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