Jackie Speier, member of the House Intelligence Committee, contacted mental health professionals to ask them for their opinion on President Donald Trump’s mental health so that she could get a professional opinion whether the president has the capacity to do the job, Newsweek reports.
“It’s one thing from my non-professional, non-clinical standpoint [to] believe that someone does not have the capacity to do the job, it’s another thing to talk to experts and [those] who can deal with mental psychosis on a daily basis, so I wanted to hear from them,” said Rep. Speier, a California Democrat.
She has already called for the president to be ousted under the 25th amendment.
“POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Speier wrote on Twitter in August.
But, she is not the only one. Six Democrats from the House and the Senate have contacted Bandy Lee, a psychiatry professor at Yale and editor of the book titled “The Dangedous Case of Donald Trump”, to discuss the president’s mental health. Twenty seven psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts have offered their view regarding the the president’s state of mind for Lee’s book, but they haven’t formally diagnosed him.
Speier has contacted John Gartner, a former assistant professor at Johns Hopkins medical school. In his chapter in the book, Gartner writes that “Trump is a profoundly evil man exhibiting malignant narcissism.” He adds that “history will not be kind to a profession that aided the rise of an American Hitler through its silence.”
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment says that the vice president and a majority of the executive branch can draft a written declaration that the president is not able to perform his duties and the Congress should then vote with a two-thirds majority in both chambers in order to remove him from office. Even though some Democrats wanted impeachment proceedings against Trump, the 25th Amendment is viewed as a more appropriate measure by others.