A Democratic congressman has proposed convening a special committee of psychiatrists and other doctors whose job would be to determine if President Donald Trump is fit to serve in the Oval Office.Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, who also teaches constitutional law at American University, has predictably failed to attract any Republicans to his banner.But the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment does allow for a majority of the president’s cabinet, or ‘such other body as Congress may by law provide,’ to decide if an Oval Office occupant is unable to carry out his duties – and then to put it to a full congressional vote.Vice President Mike Pence would also have to agree, which could slow down the process – or speed it up if he wanted the levers of power for himself.The 25th Amendment has been around since shortly after the John F. Kennedy assassination, but Congress has never formed its own committee in case it’s needed to judge a president’s mental health.
Mr. Raskin’s platform last November included fighting climate change and putting a price tag on carbon. He is also for challenging the NRA and a reduction in gun violence. Last but not least, he wants more economic opportunity, higher wages and protecting women’s health choices.
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