Democrat bill in Congress, HR 1987, to remove President Trump for ‘mental incompetence’

Ever since Donald Trump was inaugurated President, Democrats have agitated and schemed for his removal, via either impeachment or the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Section 4 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.”

On Feb. 18, 2017, writing in the New York Times less than a month after Trump’s inauguration, Nicholas Kristof ruled out impeachment because “it’s hard to imagine a majority of the House voting to impeach, and even less conceivable that two-thirds of the Senate would vote to convict so that Trump would be removed. Moreover, impeachment and trial in the Senate would drag on for months, paralyzing America and leaving Trump in office with his finger on the nuclear trigger.”

So Kristof turned to the 25th Amendment as a more likely method:

“But the cleanest and quickest way to remove a president involves Section 4 of the 25th Amendment and has never been attempted. It provides that the cabinet can, by a simple majority vote, strip the president of his powers and immediately hand power to the vice president. The catch is that the ousted president can object, and in that case Congress must approve the ouster by a two-thirds vote in each chamber, or the president regains office.

The 25th Amendment route is to be used when a president is ‘unable’ to carry out his duties. I asked Laurence Tribe, the Harvard professor of constitutional law, whether that could mean not just physical incapacity, but also mental instability. Or, say, the taint of having secretly colluded with Russia to steal an election?

Tribe said that he believed Section 4 could be used in such a situation.”

Kristof concludes:

“And what does it say about a presidency that, just one month into it, we’re already discussing whether it can be ended early?”

Kristof should have defined and qualified what he meant by “we” because his observation really is about his fellow Demonrats and himself. If he were honest, he would phrase his question as follows:

“And what does it say about Democrats and me that, just one month into a duly-elected presidency, we’re already issuing death threats and discussing whether it can be ended early?”

The Democrats have moved beyond mere talk to actual action in Congress.

On April 6, 2017, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) introduced a bill, HR 1987: Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act, the objective of which is to form a special commission in the House which will be charged with activating Section 4 of the 25th Amendment against President Trump.

Note: Democrat Jaime Raskin, 54, “was born in Washington, D.C. on December 13, 1962 to a Jewish family”. A law professor at American University who teaches constitutional law, Raskin is a former Maryland state senator who became Maryland’s 8th congressional district’s representative in the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2017. Raskin’s first action as a Congressman was his objection, with several other members of House of Representatives, to certifying the election of Donald Trump as President because of Russian interference in the election, never mind the fact that to this day, neither the Democrats nor the FBI could actually produce evidence of Russia’s interference. Vice President Joseph Biden ruled the objection out of order because it had to be sponsored by at least one member of each chamber, and there was no Senate sponsor. (Wikipedia)

HR 1987 is co-sponsored by 21 representatives — all Democrats. They are, in alphabetical order:

  • Earl Blumenauer (OR)
  • Anthony Brown (MD)
  • Judy Chu (CA)
  • David Cicilline (RI)
  • Steve Cohen (TN)
  • John Conyers (MI)
  • Lloyd Doggett (TX)
  • Dwight Evans (PA)
  • Raul Grijalva (AZ)
  • Luis Gutierrez (IL)
  • Pramila Jayapal (WA)
  • Henry “Hank” Johnson (GA)
  • Barbara Lee (CA)
  • Sheila Jackson Lee (TX)
  • Zoe Lofgren (CA)
  • James McGovern (MA)
  • Jerrold Nadler (NY)
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL)
  • Darren Soto (FL)
  • Mark Takano (CA)

On May 1, 2017, HR 1987 was referred to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

This is what HR 1987 says:

To establish the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, and for other purposes…. The Commission shall serve as the body provided by law by Congress to carry out section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Section 3 of HR 1987 says that the duty of the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity is twofold:

(a) In general.—If directed by Congress pursuant to section 5, the Commission shall carry out a medical examination of the President to determine whether the President is mentally or physically unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office, as described under subsection (b).

(b) Determination.—The determination under subsection (a) shall be made if the Commission finds that the President is temporarily or permanently impaired by physical illness or disability, mental illness, mental deficiency, or alcohol or drug use to the extent that the person lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to execute the powers and duties of the office of President.

The Commission will be composed of 11 members:

  • The Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, the House Speaker and Minority Leader each appoints two members, both of whom shall be physicians, with one of the two a psychiatrist M.D.
  • The Republican Party and the Democratic Party each selects a member, who shall be a former statesman, like a retired president or vice president.
  • The final group of 10 would meet and choose an 11th member, who would be the committee’s chairman.

Within 72 hours after conducting an examination of the President, “the Commission shall submit a report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate describing the findings and conclusions of the examination.”

HR 1987 ends with an Orwellian clincher. Sec. 6(a) says:

Any refusal by the President to undergo such examination shall be taken into consideration by the Commission in reaching a conclusion in the report….

Reporting for the Daily Mail on June 30, 2017, David Martosko points out that although HR 1987:

“has predictably failed to attract any Republicans . . . the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment does allow 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 duties – and then to put it to a full congressional vote. Vice President Mike Pence would also have to agree, which could slow down the process – or speed it up if he wanted the levers of power for himself. […]

Raskin’s plan could have a fatal flaw, however: Legal scholars tend to agree that when the Constitution’s framers first provided for the replacement of a president with an ‘inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the Office,’ they weren’t talking about mere eccentricities. And when the 25th Amendment was sent to the states for ratification in 1965, the Senate agreed that ‘inability’ meant that a president was ‘unable to make or communicate his decisions’ and suffered from a ‘mental debility’ rendering him ‘unable or unwilling to make any rational decision.‘ […]

Raskin has made no bones about the fact that his intentions are specific to President Trump. ‘Trump’s mental incapacity is no laughing matter,’ he tweeted last month. ‘#25thAmendment gives us a way to deal with this problem.’ Raskin summed up his reasoning for Yahoo News on Friday: ‘In case of emergency, break glass.’ ‘I assume every human being is allowed one or two errant and seemingly deranged tweets,’ he said. ‘The question is whether you have a sustained pattern of behavior that indicates something is seriously wrong.'”

President Trump shows no signs of being insane. But if Democrats have their way, the Oversight Committee on Presidential Capacity will declare him mentally incompetent and replace him with a more palatable and malleable President Pence.

The Soviet Union — and China today — used to do that. The Communist Party would declare perfectly sane political dissidents as insane and imprison them in mental hospitals.

That is what America’s Democrats want to do with President Trump — and with you and me.

~Eowyn

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48 responses to “Democrat bill in Congress, HR 1987, to remove President Trump for ‘mental incompetence’

  1. Well, I’ll give the commie-libs credit.

    At least they are entertaining. 😉

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    • I will say, the list is interesting, a big representation of the black caucus, which are all fine upstanding citizens, others are deeply entrenched in corruption. They are laughable.

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      • If we’re going to highlight the race/ethnicity of the 22 Democrat sponsors of HR 1987, I’m wondering why you singled Blacks out, and not Jews who outnumber Blacks. 6 of the 22 sponsors are Jewish:

        Jamie Raskin, Earl Blumenauer, David Cicilline (Jewish mother), Steve Cohen, Jerrold Nadler, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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  2. Typical for demorats. When one narrative fails (Russia, collusion, etc.) find another narrative. And you know if Pence gets it they’ll not give up until he’s gone, too.

    Guess they missed the memo that elections have consequences.

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  3. OMG I had no idea there were sooooo many moron-representatives in the country until now, and to think they are the ones that legislate? We could really unseat these morons if we had the money. I am sure the list will keep getting bigger by week’s end. But the scary part is idf the bill passes. No wonder the country is in the shape it is today, and if we don’t take care of it, we will be buried in their stinking dung until asphixia. So help us God.

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  4. Jaime Raskin should be hauled before the State Board for Disciplinary Action, and lose his medical license for this political stunt. I’m really sick of this deranged opposition. This is several steps too far.

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  5. I appear to have mistaken Maryland for M.D. Oh well, one look at this creep’s image says it all – projection.

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    • What an ugly goat!

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    • filia.aurea . . . . . I picked up on the same thing … he looks like the “mad scientist.” This whole episode is shameful. Interesting that Earl Blumenauer of Oregon (look at his picture is you want to see “one who flew over the cuckoo’s nest.”) Earl is always right there any left wing agenda get’s it steam up.

      I am so profoundly saddened by this ploy. We all need to vigilantly pray that these machinations cannot, and will not overtake President Trump.

      God Bless the United Stated of America! God Bless Our President — Donald J Trump!

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  6. All HR 1987 sponsors should say the following three times fast.
    EYE
    KNOT
    WE
    TODD
    DID
    Those who cannot immediately describe the meaning should be impeached from office. Fair enough?

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  7. Just another political stunt to keep the pot boiling when it has simmered down.
    Oh, and by the way, would someone tell Jaime Raskin he needs a haircut? He looks like an unkempt lunatic.

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    • He needs no hair cut! Tar and feathers would do just fine! He is mentally deranged. How do these creeps get elected? Guess creeps elect creeps. Birds of a feather.

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    • I think he looks like he’s been sleeping in a dumpster for a month. Normally,we can’t judge the character of a stranger by their looks,but this one has a known history that explains why he thinks the way he does.
      How many Republican/RINO votes would it take for this to be considered a true threat? If it DID go down as the Dumbocrats want it,would it not be the straw that would cause Civil War? Personally,I believe every one of us has certain boundaries we’d be willing to work within towards holding our Republic together non-violently;I think actual gun confiscation,physical confiscation of our properties,and THIS,would be points where a Civil War would be the ONLY acceptable remedy. I pray it doesn’t come to that,but if it does,I’m ready.

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  8. They are begging for a civil war.

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    • Yes, they are and they are mistaken if they think the military will support them and the 170 million conservatives that have legal guns will lay down is a huge error in their judgement, for democrats don’t believe in guns, right?

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      • They only believe in guns when they shoot somebody for supporting Trump.

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      • Well-they want us to BELIEVE that,but there are a LOT of ’em who have and carry “non-existant” guns. They just don’t want OUR side to have any guns,that we might fight their movement to “Change” America,for the World’s own good.

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  9. from inception the call for impeachment was foolish and would not happen. This is also a foolish measure. If Trump was mentally unstable his business would have folded long ago. Don’t see this going further then a fools dream…

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  10. So,it is okay and to be considered normal behavior to hold up a severed head with blood dripping all over, to threaten to blow up the White House and brag about an actor needing to shoot the President. And those that wear the most ridiculous pink hats on their heads is perfectly acceptable.
    And refusing to accept a clear winner in the election and crying for months is not a mental problem??? And repeatedly putting out lies out there without any consequences is okay?
    But, a man as well as his family and country that is repeatedly attacked verbally on air and in papers cannot defend himself or hit back? Is that right?
    That a man that has stimulated the economy that is turning the country around and is rebuilding our damaged military and has stimulated the stock market, bringing back industry and jobs is to be considered insane?
    And who is it that has a mental problem?
    With the wording of the bill seems to me like a threat, have a physical or something could happen. Wow, what plans do they have? And can we put down Ryan as a secret supporter? And how trustworthy is our Vice President? Power corrupts.

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  11. Well, the demonrats ARE the experts when it comes to mental instability. Problem is, they don’t see themselves as insane. Just anyone who opposes them.

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  12. They should be very careful. The same rules concerning incompetency also apply to Congress. If this takes hold over half of Congress, both DEMS and the GOP, will be sent home.

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  13. Democratic Rep. [Jamie Raskin] Calls Trump A ‘Hoax Perpetrated On The Americans By The Russians’

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/04/democratic-rep-calls-trump-a-hoax-perpetrated-on-the-americans-by-the-russians/

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  14. When di Kosmo Kramer get elected? (rep Raskin – liberal idiot)

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  15. Kevin J Lankford

    And yet they had no problem with eight years of a fraud, foreign infiltrator, bastard born, muslim faggot, who is not a natural born citizen of any where, and whose every act demonstrated his total contempt for our Constitution. And then this fool raskin (and obama) is considered qualified to teach Constitutional law?

    More disparaging that not a single republican has had the courage, or integrity, to declare the truth and demand exposing the lies of the last eight years. Every single one, democrat and republican, are playing a part in this whole travesty.

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  16. traildustfotm

    They will find no traction. Let them bring it on.

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  17. If they applied the same reasoning to themselves, most of congress would be out of their jobs.
    I still can’t get over the umbrage shown by fake-pious leftist newsies over the weekend about Trump’s WWF/E animation — of him taking down the fake-wrestling CEO, Vincent Kennedy McMahon in their infamous “Battle of the Billionaires” from a decade ago. It was a classic PPV — WrestleMania 23, which took place April 1, 2007, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. It pumped $25 Million into the local Detroit economy. I’ll bet Michigan Representatives Conyers, Levin, Dingell, et al approved the influx of money. All Democrats.
    Many reporters made it sound like Trump was actually inciting violence against CNN and its workers, as if he’d just created the video for that purpose. Very few acknowledged it was an old recording from a staged event intended to be outrageous. OH! The Horror! Give me a break. Pot stirring.
    And to think, I’d thought they were being over-the-top about their complaints on the Mika Brzezinski – Joe Scarborough tweet just last week…
    Why don’t they ever show such horror at the REAL nastiness being shoveled Trump’s way? Or at the way the “news” is daily being spoon-fed to us in adulterated form? Right down the path to Hell, that’s where they’d like us to be headed. Something’s going to give soon. Hopefully it’s the great sucking sound of the leftist-anarchists heading out of the country for good.

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  18. I think a LOT of the Left’s rage towards our President stems from the fact that,by ignoring the MSM and the Libs’ message (when they can come up with one) and using Twitter to speak DIRECTLY to America,he’s not just TELLING them,but SHOWING them that he doesn’t NEED their BS. They could ALL just go home and he’d do just fine without them. They’re having a long-term “Waaaa-F***ing Waaaaahh” moment. President Trump hit them where it hurts the most-by showing them he doesn’t have a use for ’em.
    GO TRUMP!!!!!

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    • Yep. They want to impress their owners with their loyalty to the Rothschilds and their slimy little agent, George Swartz (aka Soros). They also want to be “taken seriously”.

      Trump laughs at them and basically says “who needs you”. It’s a great question. I know I don’t.

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  19. We’ll need this commission on the president if a dem or rino gets the office.

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  20. What does it (the constitution) say about conspiracy and sedition…………?

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  21. Progressive Congressman
    [Jamie Raskin] Defends Father’s Soviet Ties

    http://www.aim.org/aim-column/progressive-congressman-defends-fathers-soviet-ties/

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    • Like father, like son.
      How curious it is that Raskin defends his father’s ties to the Soviet Union when Russia was communist, but demonizes today’s post-Communist Russia as America’s enemy.

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  22. I’m at a loss for words at the continuous stunts these losers are willing to pull in their attempt to usurp POTUS Trump. All I can do is SMH! She says it better > >

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