House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Friday unveiled legislation that would allow Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove the president, insisting it’s not about US President Donald Trump but inspired by the need for greater congressional oversight of his White House.
“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. Throughout America’s history, our leaders have created and strengthened guardrails in the Constitution to ensure stability and continuity of government in times of crisis,” said Pelosi.
The House speaker has been raising questions about Trump’s mental fitness since his COVID-19 diagnosis and demanding more transparency about his health. The bill would set up a commission to assess the president’s ability to lead the country and ensure continuity of government. It comes one year after Pelosi’s House launched impeachment proceedings against Trump.
“The 25th Amendment creates a path for preserving stability if a president suffers a crippling physical or mental problem, and is … unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office and transfers his powers. Specifically, Section Four of the Amendment empowers Congress to set up an independent body to confront such a crisis,” Pelosi said at a press conference.
Just weeks before the November 3 election, with no hopes of the bill becoming law, the rollout was quickly dismissed as a stunt by Trump’s team and top allies.