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Pelosi: Dems to Meet About 25th Amendment

Trump's erratic behavior is leading the House to look into the process of removing him

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Oct 08, 2020

Following Trump’s diagnosis of COVID-19 and the subsequent erratic behavior by Trump on Twitter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told House members that they will meet on Friday to discuss possible implementation of the 25th Amendment.

“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow. We're going to be talking about the 25th Amendment. But not to take attention away from the subject we have now,” she said in response to a question at a press conference regarding a possible coronavirus stimulus package.

Ratified in the aftermath of the assassination of President John Kennedy, the 25th Amendment provides for procedures for transferring power to the vice president in the cases of death, incapacitation, removal or resignation. The amendment provides the Cabinet and the Vice President the ability to transfer power from the President if they deem him incapable of doing the job. It also allows for the temporary transfer of power until a President is again capable of taking over.

In an interview after she announced the Friday meeting Pelosi alleged that Trump’s behavior may be related to the drugs he is taking. “The president is, shall we say, in an altered state right now,” Pelosi said on Bloomberg TV. “I don’t know how to answer for that behavior. There are those who say when you are on steroids or have Covid-19, there may be some impairment of judgment.”

Trump spent last weekend at Walter Reed Medical Center getting treatment for COVID-19. So far 34 staffers in the White House have tested positive for COVID-19. Trump’s illness got so bad that he was put on supplemental oxygen over the weekend.

While Congress does not have the power currently to remove a sick President, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) has introduced a bill that would create an Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, that would determine if a President is fit for duty as defined by the 25th Amendment. Under Raskin’s proposal, congressional leadership would select 10 members of the commission that would consist of physicians, psychiatrists and retired public officials such as former presidents, vice presidents or Cabinet secretaries.

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