The US is in the midst of the worst crisis of executive power in nearly 250 years of history. We may learn later that some of these reports are incomplete or even inaccurate. However, on the basis of reliable reporting, the Vice President is considering removing the President from office or at least “not excluding” him under the 25th Amendment. The House Speaker spoke with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about protecting the country’s nuclear arsenal from the President. (Equally important was her to announce this publicly, with the silent silence of the country’s top general.) The House is rapidly moving towards the indictment of the president, and while it still seems unlikely, it is now by no means impossible that the Senate will vote to remove him from the office. As early as the first few days of January, President Trump committed a number of acts that would reasonably be considered legal offenses – incitement to electoral fraud, obstruction of justice, incitement to riot, etc.
Meanwhile, the president has not been seen publicly since Wednesday morning speaking to the insurgent crowd just before the march on Capitol Hill.
My initial assertion about the severity of the crisis may at first seem hyperbolic. But I think it is undoubtedly true. While the final days of Richard Nixon’s presidency show some parallels, none of the like has happened. There just doesn’t seem to be a real chance of the president being removed from office. It is currently unclear whether the president is actually acting as president. It is not clear whether his orders are obeyed or whether he even gives them.
The only constitutional consolation is that this cannot go on forever. In fact, it can’t take more than ten days. But even in this limited amount of time, I am not sure that people understand the extra-constitutional passage the country is going through.