Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are reportedly preparing to determine whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is mentally fit for office.
During an interview with Mark Levin, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy revealed that he and a group of House representatives are investigating a pathway to test Pelosi’s fitness to serve as speaker.
The move comes amid growing concern for Rep. Pelosi’s mental wellbeing after she last week launched a plot to remove President Donald Trump from power under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment.
During her weekly press conference with reporters on Thursday, Pelosi announced that she is seating a commission to study President Trump’s physical and mental ability to govern.
“I’m not talking about it today except to tell you, if you want to talk about that, we’ll see you tomorrow,” Pelosi told reporters.
“But you take me back to my point.”
“Mr. President, when was the last time you had a negative test before you tested positive?” Pelosi said, referring to Trump contracting COVID-19, which he overcame after being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“Why is the White House not telling the country that important fact about how this made a hot spot of the White House?”
According to McCarthy, however, lawmakers in the House are, in fact, questioning Pelosi’s mental well-being following her idea to try to oust the president less than a month before the general election.
“To even bring this up when you’re talking 27 days before an election,” McCarthy said.
“You know she’s second in line right after the vice president.”
“It really brings into question her own mental capacity to be Speaker of the House,” McCarthy said, arguing that Pelosi should be held to the same standard that she’s demanding President Trump must meet.
“Are you going to recommend the same commission take a look at her mental capacity?” Levin asked McCarthy.
“Does she have to submit any kind of records about her health? Mental health?”
McCarthy told Levin that with Pelosi being third in the line of succession of leadership, the president, vice president, and speaker of the House must be held to the same standards.
“If she’s now saying they should have a commission to do that with the president, shouldn’t you do that with all three people who are in line for the presidency?” McCarthy responded.
“Shouldn’t she have to submit to the same test that she’s trying to claim?” McCarthy said.
He added that he doesn’t think Pelosi would survive such scrutiny.
“I am getting together with a number of members — and can tell you there are people on the other side that have raised this question as well,” McCarthy said.
“We’re going to get together; find out ways that we can craft something.”
McCarthy noted that it takes a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate to remove a president under the 25th Amendment.
“She knows this will not be a reality,” McCarthy said.
“This is just another attempt to attack our democracy.”
“It’s Nancy Pelosi who is insane,” Levin said.
“It’s Nancy Pelosi who is mentally ill.”
Section four of the 25th Amendment states: “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.”