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What happens next? Local political science expert weighs in on 25th Amendment

Erin Conrad and Assistant Professor Matt Motta
Posted at 2:15 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 15:16:10-05

TULSA, Okla. — On Wednesday, the United States experience historic events, including the violence that occurred on the steps of the nation's Capitol.

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Local Political Science Assistant Professor Dr. Matt Motta joined 2 Works for You's Erin Conrad to discuss Wednesday's events.

With 13 days until President-elect Joe Biden's official transition into the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and both Democrat and Republican representatives are calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.

But, what is the 25th Amendment and what could it mean if V.P. Pence moved forward with it?

Motta explained what would happen is the vice president, in consultation with the majority of the President's cabinet, would determine that the president is unfit to service in office. The president can then appeal that by writing a letter to the Senate. If disagreement continues, then the issue would head to Congress.

Motta said the reason people are hearing lawmakers speak about the 25th Amendment is because it's quicker than other procedures, like impeachment.

Motta answered more questions during the interview. WATCH below:

Capitol under siege - What happens next?


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