Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi clarified Friday her intent to invoke the 25th Amendment in a bid to remove President Trump's executive powers.
On Thursday, Pelosi had previewed her intentions, announcing that she would "be talking about the 25th Amendment," which allows Congress to remove the president from office if he is deemed unfit for his duties. Pelosi cited Trump's health in the wake of his recovery from COVID-19 as her reasoning for the move.
Speaking at a press briefing Friday, Pelosi and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) introduced legislation to form the Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of the Office. Raskin introduced a similar bill in 2017.
"This bill honors the duty by creating a standing commission of top former executive officials and medical experts selected in a bipartisan, bicameral way," Pelosi said. "A president's fitness for office must be established by science and facts. This legislation applies to future presidents, but we are reminded of the necessity of action by the health of the current president."
In order for such legislation to move forward, it would need support of the Republican-led Senate and Vice President Mike Pence.
🔦 White House physician Dr. Sean Conley announced Thursday that the president has responded "extremely well to treatment" and that Trump would be cleared to resume public engagements this weekend per CDC guidelines.