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Democrats Consider Loophole To Remove Trump From Office

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Several Democrats are reportedly consulting with psychologists regarding the mental health of President Donald Trump. 

Instead of attempting to impeach the president, they are focusing on using a provision in the U.S. Constitution to remove him from office, explains Bradley Ryder of The Inquisitr.

California Rep. Jackie Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told BuzzFeed that she has been consulting with mental health professionals about the president, the Daily Mail 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," Speier said on Oct. 24. "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."

In August, Speier tweeted that Trump "is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger," and said it was time to "invoke the 25th Amendment."

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That amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows for a majority of the president's Cabinet, or "such other body as Congress may by law provide," to decide if an Oval Office occupant is unable to carry out his or her duties, and then put it to a full congressional vote.

A group of mental health professionals called Duty to Warn -- headed by ex-Johns Hopkins Medical School Professor John Gartner -- has launched an internet petition seeking to remove Trump under the 25th Amendment.

"Trump is a profoundly evil man exhibiting malignant narcissism," Gartner writes. "History will not be kind to a profession that aided the rise of an American Hitler through its silence."

Speaking of Duty to Warn, Gartner says: "We hope to be to the 25th Amendment what the NRA is to the 2nd."

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The group has reportedly donated money to Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, who introduced a bill that would allow the four Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate to each choose a psychiatrist and another doctor for a mental fitness panel. Then each party would add a former statesman, such as a retired president or vice president. 

The final group of 10 would meet and choose an 11th member, who would become the committee's chairman. Together, they could recommend a finding that Congress -- and the vice president -- would have to agree on in order to move forward.

In addition to the efforts of Speier and Raskin, Yale University psychiatry professor Bandy Lee said a half-dozen other House and Senate Democrats have contacted her.

Lee's book, "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump," which was published Oct. 3, compiles the opinions of over two-dozen mental health specialists regarding the president's state of mind.

However, some leading Democrats have argued against trying to remove Trump from office.

"No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office," said Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, The New York Times reported.

Senator Bernie Sanders concurred: "What needs to happen is that we have got to go forward with an absolutely bipartisan investigation. The public must understand this is not a Democratic issue."

Sources: The Inquisitr, Daily Mail, The New York Times / Featured Image: DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Jackie Speier via Wikimedia Commons, Pexels

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