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House Calls For Trump’s Removal After ‘Deranged’ Tweets

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House Calls For Trump’s Removal After ‘Deranged’ Tweets

One of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s toughest jobs in recent months has been counseling the more militant Democratic leaders to quell their talk of impeaching President Trump. She has been telling them that political support for such a move just doesn’t exist in the GOP-controlled Congress. But that may be quietly changing. . .
25 House Democrats, including the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, are now pushing a radical alternative: They are backing a bill that would create a congressional “oversight” commission that could in fact declare the president incapacitated and lead to his removal from office under the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Early afternoon on Thursday, about four hours after Trump’s controversial, some say disgusting, tweets about the MSNBC hosts, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sent out an email to his colleagues urging them to get behind the measure. Raskin has been one of the chief sponsors of the bill. He wrote in the email that it was of “enduring importance to the security of our nation.”
Raskin continued in an interview with Yahoo News,“In case of emergency, break glass. If you look at the record of things that have happened since January, it is truly a bizarre litany of events and outbursts.” When the representative was asked if Trump’s tweets strengthened the grounds for invoking the 25th Amendment, Raskin replied: “I assume every human being is allowed one or two errant and seemingly deranged tweets. The question is whether you have a sustained pattern of behavior that indicates something is seriously wrong.” After Trump’s tweets became public, four more Democrats signed on to Raskin’s bill, according to his office.
Raskin will admit that both Congress and the whole county are in uncharted waters. The 25th Amendment was adopted in 1967 in response to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It is designed to deal with circumstances in which a president becomes incapacitated and is unable to perform his duties. Section 4 of the Amendment empowers the vice president, along with a majority of the Cabinet, to make a determination that a president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the office. They must then provide their decision in writing to Congress. This would result in a president’s removal and is a step that has never been taken.
Raskin is no novice to the constitution. He is a former constitutional law professor and has focused his bill on some largely overlooked language in the 25th Amendment as a basis for his measure. It turns out that it does not have to be the president’s cabinet that makes the determination, it can also be “such other body as Congress may by law provide,” with the vice president, the decision to make such a move.
Raskin’s bill calls for the creation of an “Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity.” This would be a non-partisan panel appointed by congressional leaders composed of four physicians, four psychiatrists and three others — such as former presidents, vice presidents or other former senior U.S. government leaders.
Raskin said, “I’ve had tons of inquiries, and lots of colleagues have been talking to me about it. I’m convinced most Americans believe we are living in a very strange reality. … The question is, what are the escape routes we have, and the 25th Amendment is one of them.”
Most people still see this as far from being an option. The vice president basically has veto power for any move, so he would have to be on board. But Raskin is undeterred, “The question is, where are we going to be six months, 12 months, 18 months from now? The presidency is considered extremely stressful for people with the strongest mental health. We need to be prepared for all eventualities.”
What do you think about this quiet move taking place within Congress? Can you see this coming to fruition?
Credit: Yahoo News

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