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Democrats legislation to remove presidents for incapacity using the 25th Amendment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a press conference on Friday that Rep. Jamie Raskin’s legislation to impeach presidents on the grounds of disability using the 25th Amendment "is not about President Trump."

“He will face the judgment of the voters, but he shows the need to create a process for future presidents,” Nancy Pelosi said.

The relevant part of the 25th Amendment, Section 4 reads:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, who played a pivotal role in pushing the Democrats to impeach the president Trump, said during the press conference that removing the president for not being able to serve would only be in "extreme positions."


9 October 2020


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