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A  congresswoman is pointing to an obscure article in the United States Constitution that could expedite an impeachment process for President Donald Trump.

House Intelligence Committee member and Congresswoman Jackie Speier invoked Article 25 of the United States Constitution as a means of removing Trump from the Oval Office due to his mental state, The Inquisitr reported.

"POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger," Speier wrote in a Twitter post. "Time to invoke the 25th Amendment."

According to the Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, “The 25th Amendment, which was ratified after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, details the procedure for non-electoral succession and removing a president from office if two-thirds of Congress and the Vice President deem the Commander-in-Chief ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.'”

Impeachment rumors began circulating after a special counsel was appointed to investigate the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. But those conversations appear to have intensified in the aftermath of the white supremacy and alt-right rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 that left one counter protester dead.

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The president's statements on the issue were met with furious backlash after he blamed "both sides" for the incident, and many critics accused him of being too weak in his condemnation for white supremacist groups such as the KKK, Neo-Nazis and the alt-right. Other critics also felt Trump was drawing a moral equivalence between the white supremacist groups and counter protesters.

"I'm not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I'm saying is this: You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch, but there is another side," Trump said during a press conference at Trump Tower in New York on Aug. 15, according to the Daily Mail. "There was a group on this side -- you can call them the left, you've just called them the left -- that came violently attacking the other group, so you can say what you want but that's the way it is."

"Well, I do think there's blame, yes. I do think there's blame on both sides," Trump continued. "You look at both sides. I think there's blame on both sides and I have no doubt about it and you don't have any doubt about it either ... and if you reported it accurately, you would say it."

If the 25th Amendment were to be utilized, Vice President Mike Pence would become the "acting president."

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Sources: The Inquisitr, Kackie Speier/Twitter, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)

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