Several Republican Party lawmakers are urging the cabinet of the president of the United States, Joe Biden, to invoke the 25th amendment to the Constitution to disqualify him from office after a report from prosecutors questioned the president’s poor memory.
“Merrick Garland (the attorney general) has a duty to the 25th Amendment, which was invoked in front of his cabinet colleagues. Or go after Biden. If he doesn’t prosecute him, he should invoke the 25th now,” defended Senator Josh Hawley on Friday on the social network X.
Amendment 25 of the American Magna Carta provides that the members of the cabinet of the government can remove the president from his duties if he is deemed incapable of performing them. If that happens, current Vice President Kamala Harris will replace Biden until the next election in November.
The Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, for her part, also sent a letter on Thursday to Garland requesting that he invoke the 25th Amendment in the Cabinet.
Report suggests Biden’s memory ‘limited’
The requests from Republican lawmakers come after a report by prosecutor Robert Hur on classified documents showing Biden’s private office suggested the Democratic president is an “old man with good intentions and bad memory.”
According to the report, the American leader has wide memory gap in his political career and he doesn’t even remember when his son Beau died, who died of cancer in 2015; something that the president indicated, according to the report, in the interrogations conducted in 2023.
Biden, for his part, defended on Thursday in a press conference at the White House that his memory is in good condition, although on the same day he referred to the president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al Sisi, as the “president of Mexico .”
The prosecutor also concluded that Biden deliberately withheld the documents, was prepared during his time as Barack Obama’s vice president, but decided not to press charges against the president. He further alleged that it would be difficult for the court to consider him as a person with the necessary mental condition to attribute the voluntary requirement of the crime.
The president, 81 years old, ran for re-election in the presidential elections to be held in November. In recent months and years, his health and memory have been the subject of media attention, concern of the Democratic Party, and ridicule of his Republican opponents, especially Donald Trump, the favorite to become the Republican candidate.