House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday unveiled a measure creating a congressional body that would examine President Donald Trump’s or any other president’s fitness for office and possibly invoke the 25th Amendment.
According to The Epoch Times, the legislation would create a commission to allow Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and remove the president from executive duties—with just 25 days to go before the Nov. 3 election.
Pelosi, however, suggested that the gambit wasn’t particularly about Trump.
In a news conference on Friday, Pelosi said, “This is not about President Trump; he will face the judgment of the voters. But he shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents.”
The commission, the House Speaker noted, would be permanent and would apply to current and future administrations.
“Clearly, he is under medication,” Pelosi later said of President Trump, adding that “clearly he is in an altered state.”
When asked about the timing of the bill with just weeks to go before the election, “There has been a call … to execute the 25th Amendment,” but “that’s not what we’re doing.”
Pelosi explained further, “We have to give some comfort to people that there is some way to do this.” She added adding that it needs the “full involvement of the vice president of the United States.” “This is a comfort to people,” Pelosi pointed out and noted that it is “bipartisan and based in the Constitution.”
“It isn’t about any of us making a decision … it’s not up to us” to invoke the 25th Amendment, Pelosi quipped.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, a former professor of constitutional law, is sponsoring the bill. The measure would create a 17-member panel charged with judging the president’s fitness, and it would be empowered to remove him if deficiencies are determined.
The vice president would then take over in that situation.
However, Congress is on recess right now and the Senate and White House are currently controlled by the GOP.
President Trump hit Pelosi back on Twitter saying she should be the one examined for fitness in office.
“Crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation,” he wrote. “They don’t call her Crazy for nothing!”