Both the Washington Post and New York Times have reported Trump disclosed highly classified information to a known Russian spy (the Russian ambassador) and the Russian foreign minister. If anyone else did that, he or she would be subject to serious criminal prosecution. But Trump is likely immune from criminal prosecution because he, as President, has the power to instantly declassify information at will. Therefore, his acts are not “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the constitutional grounds for impeachment.

However, there is another way to remove Trump as President. Section 4 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment states: “Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.” The remainder of Section 4 describes the procedure by which the President can be removed under the foregoing circumstances.

Note that Section 4 provides for the involuntary removal of the President without impeachment and trial.

The events of the past two weeks raise serious questions whether Trump “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” Whether this is because he is devoid of good judgment, entangled with Russian intrigue, colossally inept or suffering from a mental illness, Pence and a majority of the Cabinet can act to begin the removal. It is time for that process to commence.