House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday announced legislation on the 25th Amendment that seeks to effectively strip President Trump of his presidential powers.
Pelosi, who is second in line to the presidency after Pence, held a mid-morning press conference with Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin on introducing the Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office Act, which would evaluate Trump’s fitness for office.
The pair teased the bill on Thursday, saying it would “enable Congress to help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the Executive Branch of government.”
The 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967, says a president can be involuntarily stripped of his powers if he’s unable to fulfill his duties. The unprecedented move would require a 2/3 vote of both houses.
The Pelosi-backed bill would have to be passed by both houses and would likely die in the Republican-held Senate. It would also have to be signed by the president.
Pelosi has questioned Trump’s mental and physical fitness following his coronavirus diagnosis last week, claiming that he’s “in an altered state right now” and saying the steroid dexamethasone he received may impede his judgment.
White House Dr. Sean Conley, meanwhile, has said the president is making a strong recovery from COVID-19 after completing treatment for the disease.
Conley said Trump — who was discharged from Walter Reed medical center on Monday following a three-night stay — could likely safely return to public engagements on Saturday.
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