Pelosi introduces legislation that may require Trump to transfer power to Pence

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U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday, introduced a “Commission on Presidential capacity,” that may require President Donald Trump to transfer power to Vice President Mike Pence.

Pelosi said the legislation was not aimed at President Trump but gives Congress more power to determine whether a President is fit to serve.

Pelosi said the legislation had become necessary in light of President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, but insisted that it was not introduced in bad faith or aimed at anyone.

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The legislation would need to be voted by the full House, sent to the Republican-controlled Senate and signed by the President. Commentators said President Trump would not sign it.

The legislation under the 25th Amendment would create a commission to “help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the Executive Branch of government,” Pelosi’s office said in a news release on Thursday.

The details were announced at a news conference on Friday morning by Pelosi and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., when both addressed newsmen at the Capitol.

Raskin is a constitutional lawyer who introduced a similar measure in a previous Congress.

Section 3 of the 25th Amendment , which was ratified and approved in the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, details procedures for transferring power to the vice president in case of the president’s death, incapacitation, removal or resignation.

Pelosi told Bloomberg TV on Friday that President Trump may not be thinking clearly because of the drugs he has been taking to treat the deadly coronavirus he and First Lady Melania Trump have been battling since last week.

“The president is, shall me say, in an altered state right now,” Pelosi told Bloomberg TV, adding that “I don’t know how to answer for that behavior.”

Pelosi argued that “There are those who say when you are on steroids or have COVID-19, there may be some impairment of judgment.”

In a tweet after the announcement, Trump called Pelosi ‘crazy’, adding that she was “the one who should be under observation.”

In a serious of tweets on Wednesday night and Thursday, Trump worried many people, including those in the Republican party that he may not be thinking right.

He referred to Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris as “a monster” and “a Communist”.

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