House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made a huge grab for power after the events that transpired at the Capitol building on Wednesday.
Pelosi contacted General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking military officer in the country, to ask him how to cut off President Donald Trump’s access to the nuclear missile codes, Newsweek reported.
“An unstable president”
Pelosi announced that she had made the inquiry in a letter to her fellow lawmakers on Friday.
“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable President from initiating military hostilities or accessing launch codes & ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote.
She continued, “The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.”
Is that even possible?
Of course, Trump has made no attempt to do anything like what Pelosi suggested. Rather, the House speaker is simply trying to paint the president in a bad light.
Army Col. Dave Butler, a spokesperson for Milley, confirmed that Milley did have this conversation with Pelosi, Breitbart reported. Milley “answered her questions regarding the process of nuclear command authority,” Butler said.
Whether or not the U.S. president can actually be refused the nuclear codes is unclear. Constitutional attorney Jonathan Turley tweeted Friday that he knows “of no authority by which the nuclear codes can be withheld from the President absent a declaration under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment.”
The push for removal
The Democrats are also poised to try impeaching Trump one last time. Articles of impeachment are expected to come early this week.
Democrats have accused Trump of inciting the riot that occurred at the Capitol on Wednesday.
It is unlikely that a sufficient number of Republicans will go along with Democrats on impeachment, especially considering that both on the day of the riot and afterward, Trump has only called for nonviolence.
Pelosi, however, is urging Republicans to either get the president to resign or get on board the impeachment effort. She wrote in her letter:
Nearly fifty years ago, after years of enabling their rogue President, Republicans in Congress finally told President Nixon that it was time to go. Today, following the President’s dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow that example and call on Trump to depart his office — immediately. If the President does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action.