During her weekly press conference on Thursday Nancy Pelosi said she and the Democrats were going to discuss the 25th Amendment and the possibility of removing President Trump from office.
The speaker has now introduced legislation to empower Congress to make this a reality.
According to Town Hall:
Speaker Pelosi hinted on Thursday that she will be discussing the 25th Amendment. Along with Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, the speaker will introduce legislation establishing a congressional commission to evaluate the president’s mental fitness and physical health.
NEW: PELOSI and Rep. RASKIN plan to introduce legislation tomorrow to establish a commission under the 25th Amendment charged with evaluating the president's mental/physical capacity. pic.twitter.com/C8oTqt0Xcx
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) October 8, 2020
In introducing the legislation on Friday, Speaker Pelosi said that “a president’s fitness for office must be determined by science and facts.”
"A president's fitness for office must be determined by science and facts."
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) October 9, 2020
Pelosi and Raskin talking about the 25th Amendment and their new bill establishing a congressionally appointed body to review a president’s capability to serve. Raskin notes it’s only to be used “in the most extreme situation” pic.twitter.com/3ShM2M9Bwc
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 9, 2020
Speaker Pelosi insisted that her legislation is unrelated to the general election, which is now less than one month away:
.@SpeakerPelosi on Democratic legislation on forming a commission on presidential capacity:
"It's not about the election at all…The timing is for now because people want to know…that there is a way to do this." pic.twitter.com/LQm3wG8RsZ
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 9, 2020
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy called the legislation an “obvious political stunt” ahead of the general election. Speaker Pelosi does not have the ability to invoke the 25th Amendment herself.
75 days ago Pelosi said Congress wouldn’t leave town without a COVID relief deal.
Here we are 25 days before an election, and she finds time for an absurd political stunt.
Her priorities are misplaced, and she's making the American people suffer the consequences.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) October 9, 2020
WH's McEnany on Fox on 25th Amdt/Pelosi: It's an absurd proposition from Pelosi. The only one who needs to look at 25th Amendment is Pelosi herself..there's no reason to consider it for the President but maybe for Pelosi
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 9, 2020
There is no evidence to suggest that the health of the President in any way affects his ability to execute the duties of the Presidency. In fact, it is argued, that the media and the American people don’t need to know anything about the President other than if he is able to perform his duties or not.