For some time now, Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, and other House Democrats have in secrecy sought advice from their more militant colleagues to abandon their efforts of impeaching President Trump, saying that the political support for such an action does not exist in the Republican-majority Congress.
However, 24 Congressional Democrats, including the top member of the House Judiciary Committee, have now dedicated themselves to pursuing an extreme option: They support a piece of legislation that would create a congressional “oversight” panel that could proclaim the president is incompetent to lead, resulting in his removal from office under the 25th Amendment oo the U.S. Constitution.
On Thursday, at 12:56 p.m., roughly four hours following President Trump’s attacks on Twitter against MSNBC co-host Mika Brzezinski, Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, the head financier of the legislation, delivered an email to his coworkers, demanding their support for the bill, saying it was of “enduring importance to the security of our nation.”
“In case of emergency, break glass,” said Raskin during an interview recently. “If you look at the record of things that have happened since January, it is truly a bizarre litany of events and outbursts.”
When questioned whether President Trump’s recent posts on Twitter against Brzezinski and her co-host Joe Scarborough enhanced the foundation for calling on the 25th Amendment, Raskin responded with:
“I assume every human being is allowed one or two errant and seemingly deranged tweets. The question is whether you have a sustained pattern of behavior that indicates something is seriously wrong.”
Following President Trump’s posts on Twitter from early on Thursday, three other Democrats supported the Raskin’s measure, his office said on Friday.
(Brzezinski and Scarborough’s reply to the President’s tweets published in today’s Washington Post under the title, “The President is not well.” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s tweets Thursday, saying he “fights fire with fire.”)
One of the bill’s provisions, called Section 4, enforces the Vice President, along with a majority of the Cabinet to decide whether the President is “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the office, and then pass it to Congress in a written form, which in turn will result in the impeachment of the President. This is an unprecedented move. But, as history has told us, breaking with the tradition is not exactly uncommon.
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