Members of Congress are allegedly engaged in private discussions about the possibility of removing President Donald Trump.
According to the New Yorker, talks revolve around whether Trump could be removed by the 25th Amendment, introduced to enable Congress to reject a president who is not capable of fulfilling is role due to mental health problems.
"This is a conversation that people are having around the dinner table, it's one people have at the office, members of Congress are talking about it in private and the question is very simple: Is this a president who is able to do the job and is able to go the distance?" Evan Osnos, who authored the New Yorker article wondered, according to the Independent.
Speaking in an MSNBC interview, Osnos stated that the second way to remove Trump was impeachment.
"This is a president who is beset by doubts of a completely different order of any president we've seen as long as we've been looking at this question," Osnos said.
He pointed to the congressional investigations into Trump's alleged ties to Russia as a potential trigger for a constitutional crisis if the president refuses to cooperate with them.
"The truth is that there are people having an active conversation about whether or not he'll last," he said.
Osnos said he interviewed several dozen Trump aides, current members of the House and Senate, and other officials over recent months about the prospect of Trump's term in office finishing early.
"It's somewhere in the big middle ground between a 1 percent [chance] and 50," William Cristol, a senior aide in the George H.W. Bush White House, told the New Yorker. "It's some percent. It's not nothing."
Others suggested Trump's current approval rating of 40 percent would make it impossible for him to govern effectively.
"I believe that invoking Section 4 of the 25th Amendment is no fantasy but an entirely plausible tool -- not immediately, but well before 2020," added law professor Laurence Tribe.
An experienced Republican told Osnos that one weakness of the Trump administration was the lack of a senior Republican figure in the president's inner circle to scrutinize some of his decisions.
"There is no one around him who has the ability to restrain any of his impulses, on any issue ever, for any reason," said Steve Schmidt.
Christopher Ruddy, a longtime friend of Trump's and head of the Newsmax media group, pointed out another problem.
"I already sense that a lot of people don't want to give him bad news about things. I've already been approached by several people that'll say, 'He's got to hear this. Could you tell him?'" Ruddy told the New Yorker.