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Psychiatrists To Be Consulted Over Trump's Mental State

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Three Democratic Congress members have enlisted the help of a psychiatrist from the Yale School of Medicine to create an expert panel intended to review the mental health of President Donald Trump.

Dr. Brandy Lee says she has been selected to consult with three serving members of Congress and one former member about how psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals could coordinate to "review the president’s mental health ... on a periodic basis," Metro reported.

The meeting is expected to take place in September, Lee said. The Congress members involved in enlisting Lee's help do not wish to be publicly identified at this time.

Efforts to create the mental health panel came shortly after 27 Democrats co-sponsored a bill to investigate "a commission on presidential capacity." According to a provision in the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the commission could give Congress the authority to establish a council that has the power to declare Trump "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."

Medical records disclosed by Trump in 2016 did not include a mental health evaluation.

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Dr. Lee edited a book in October that featured analysis of Trump's behavior by 27 mental health experts.

Trump is currently facing severe backlash for comments he made about Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a press conference at Trump Tower on Aug. 15. During the conference, he reiterated to reporters that he felt there was blame on "both sides" for the death of Heather Heyer, who died after a white supremacist ran her over with a vehicle.

Lindsey Graham was among those who were publicly critical of Trump.

"Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer," Graham said in the statement, according to CNN. "I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency."

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Trump took to Twitter to respond to Graham on Aug. 17.

"Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer," the president tweeted. "Such a disgusting lie. He just can't forget his election trouncing. The people of South Carolina will remember!"

"The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is," Trump continued in a separate tweet. "They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!"

Sources: Metro, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2, 3), CNN / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Michael Vadon/Flickr, Matt Johnson/Flickr

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