House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi will enact legislation on Friday to create a commission that would allow Congress to oust President Trump from office with the 25th amendment.
Pelosi said Thursday that she would “speak about the 25th amendment” on Friday – which will allow the vice president to become acting president if it is determined the president is “unable to exercise the powers and duties of his office to meet “.
In the breathtaking move, Pelosi said that Trump would have to reveal more about his health as he tested positive for COVID-19, particularly concerns that it could affect his mental health.
She quoted a “strange tweet”
PELOSI ASK TRUMPS HEALTH SAYS, “We’re going to talk about the 25th Amendment.”
“The public needs to know the president’s health,” said Pelosi
Trump later replied, “Mad Nancy is the one who should be watched. They don’t call them crazy for nothing! “
Under the 25th Amendment, Congress, Cabinet, and the Vice President can withdraw powers from a president if he or she is declared unfit for any reason in dire circumstances. However, this requires a 2/3 vote from both houses.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment also states that “by law” Congress may indicate that “the President is unable to perform the powers and duties of his office”.
REPUBLICANS REPRODUCED BY PELOSIS 25TH PROPOSED AMENDMENT SAY THEY WANT “TO STAGE A COUP”
The “by law” part is what Pelosi and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Propose on Friday.
You have a bill that would have to be passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President, which would set up “the Commission on the President’s Ability to Relieve the Powers and Duties of Office”. Presumably this commission would assess the viability of the president.
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While such a bill could pass the Democrat-controlled House, it would be extremely unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate unless there was a significant development in Trump’s health. However, a new political narrative is introduced just a few weeks before election day.
Trump was admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last Friday, began treatment, and returned to the White House on Monday – before returning to the Oval Office on Wednesday.
Chad Pergram of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.