Pelosi unveils potential plan to remove future presidents from office with 25th Amendment
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled legislation Friday that would allow Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove the president, insisting it’s not about President Donald Trump but inspired by the need for greater congressional oversight of his White House.
Pelosi 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 a continuity of government. It comes one year after Pelosi’s House launched impeachment proceedings against Trump.
“This is not about President Donald Trump — he will face the judgment of the voters,” Pelosi said at a press conference at the Capitol.
All this comes as Joe Biden repeatedly gaffes, almost on a daily basis. Speaker Pelosi doesn’t directly mention Biden during her press conference, but President Trump and his campaign have repeatedly criticized Biden for what they call a clear, “mental decline.”
After Pelosi’s unveiling, President Trump turned the unveiling onto Joe Biden tweeting, “Crazy Nancy Pelosi is looking at the 25th Amendment in order to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris. The Dems want that to happen fast because Sleepy Joe is out of it!!!”
Just weeks before the Nov. 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.
“It’s an absurd proposal,” said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Fox.
“Absolutely absurd,” said Senate Majority Leader McConnell during an appearance in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.