Throughout much of President Donald Trump’s first term, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been in pursuit of a means by which to remove him from office.
While her efforts to impeach him fell flat, the House speaker has announced that she is now looking at another constitutional provision — namely, the 25th Amendment — to achieve the same result, as reported by Fox News.
“The public needs to know”
In the days since the president returned to the White House from his weekend stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment of COVID-19, Pelosi has added fuel to speculation that he might be sicker than his administration has publicly acknowledged.
On Thursday, she teased a related announcement set to come the following day.
“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow,” Pelosi told reporters, according to Fox. “We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.”
Specifically, she cited a reluctance of administration sources to reveal when the president most recently tested negative for the virus.
“I think that the public needs to know the health condition of the president,” she said, arguing that the information is important in order to “make a judgment about the actions that were taken after that” and demanding “a date, a time when you last tested negative.”
“He will face the judgment of the voters”
As promised, Pelosi announced on Friday her intention to introduce legislation that would create a commission to evaluate the president’s competence. Nevertheless, she claimed that her motivation was neither politically motivated nor directed personally toward the president.
“This is not about President Trump,” she said, according to Fox. “He will face the judgment of the voters. But he shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents.”
Of course, Trump was quick to respond via Twitter, declaring that “Crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, meanwhile, tweeted that the “only one who needs the 25th Amendment is Nancy Pelosi herself,” linking to a video intended to make the speaker appear unintelligible.
The Democratic-led House has no chance of success in convincing the GOP-led Senate that Trump is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” as prescribed in the Constitution — but this latest move highlights a preoccupation among many Democrats with removing Trump from office by any means necessary.