Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), chairman of the Senate GOP campaign arm, is considering using the 25th Amendment to remove President Biden from office and calling for a congressional investigation into his handling of Afghanistan.
“After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must 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?” Scott tweeted on Monday.
The 25th Amendment allows the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet or a group established by Congress to remove a president by declaring them unfit for office.
Scott appears to be the first Republican senator to suggest using the 25th Amendment to remove Biden from office over his handling of Afghanistan. However, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), who has previously made a similar push, relaunched his call on Monday. Jackson tweeted that “Something MUST be done,” and Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted a criticism of Biden’s upcoming speech with the hashtag “#25Amendment.”
The Republican National Committee also blasted Biden on Monday over his “Afghanistan Disaster.”
“A proud superpower has been reduced to hoping the Taliban will not interfere with our efforts to flee Afghanistan. God knows what fate awaits vulnerable Afghans who cannot make it to Kabul to board one of the final flights out. Terrorists and major competitors like China are watching the embarrassment of a superpower laid low,” Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement over the weekend.
Scott chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, calling for House and Senate leadership to start a bicameral investigation into Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan drawdown.
According to Scott, this should include reviewing the advice Biden received from military and intelligence leaders, how the administration prepared for the drawdown, and what advice Biden rejected from within the administration or from outside sources.
“Today, I’m calling for Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi to immediately launch a bipartisan and bicameral investigation into the Biden administration’s failed withdrawal of American forces. They must put partisan politics aside and demand accountability from the Biden administration,” Scott said.