House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled legislation that would allow Congress to intervene under Amendment Twenty-Fifth For the constitution to impeach the president, the insistence that it is not about President Donald Trump but rather is inspired by the need for greater congressional oversight of the White House.
Pelosi has raised questions about Trump’s mental fitness from a young age Covid-19 Diagnosis and demand for more transparency about its validity. The bill would form a committee to assess the president’s ability to lead the country and ensure government survival. This comes one year after Pelosi’s House of Representatives began impeachment measures.
“This isn’t about President Donald Trump – he’s going to face voter judgment,” Pelosi told a news conference at the Capitol.
Just weeks before the November 3 election, with no hope that the bill would become law, it was quickly dismissed as a ploy by Trump’s team and senior allies.
“It’s a ridiculous proposition,” White House press secretary Kylie McNani told Fox.
“This is totally ridiculous,” Senate Majority Leader McConnell said during an appearance in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
The president’s opponents have debated invoking the 25th Amendment for some time, but are now raising it, very soon Election of Dr.The campaigns are quickly turning into a referendum on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pelosi said Trump needs to reveal more about his health after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and when he contracted the COVID virus for the exact first time when others in the White House were infected. More than 210,000 Americans have died, and millions have tested positive for the virus, which does not show any signs of abating, while heading to what public health experts warn that it will be a difficult season of influenza and winter.
Legislation that would create a commission as outlined in the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, which was passed and ratified by Congress in 1967 as a way to ensure continuity of power in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
It states that the vice president and the majority of key officials in executive departments “or in another body such as Congress” may by law make a proclamation to Congress that the president is “incapable of performing the powers and duties of his office.” At this point, the Vice President will immediately assume the powers of the Acting President.
“Let Congress exercise the power that the Constitution has given us,” Pelosi said on Friday, standing in front of the amendment poster.
Pelosi was joined by Representative Jimmy Ruskin, MD, a constitutional scholar who has proposed similar bills in the past.
“In times of chaos, we must stick to the constitution,” he said on Friday.
Ruskin said the commission would start “only in extreme cases.”
But, as Congress has shown by indicting and acquiring the president over the past year, the legislature is determined to sometimes exercise itself as an officer of the executive branch.
“Congress has a role to play,” Ruskin said.
Trump says he is “relieved” after being hospitalized and back at work at the White House. But his doctors have given mixed signals about his diagnosis and treatment. Trump plans to resume Campaigns So.
Congress is not in a legislative session, so any serious consideration of this measure, let alone a vote in the House or Senate, is unlikely. But the bill serves as a political tool to raise questions about Trump’s health as the White House has been hit by an outbreak that has afflicted his top aides, staff and visitors, including senators.
In a startling confession, McConnell said on Thursday that he stopped going to the White House two months ago because he did not agree to coronavirus protocols. His last visit was on August 6th.
“My impression was that they approached this issue differently from mine, and what I insisted on doing in the Senate, which is wearing a mask and practicing social distancing,” McConnell said at one of his campaign stations in Northern Kentucky for re-election. .
Associated Press writers Bruce Schreiner in Frankfurt, Kentucky, and Commander Madani, Laurie Keelman and Pamananda Rama in Washington contributed to this report.
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