Adam Schiff: Questioning Trump’s Mental Health Legitimate, But Too Early for 25th Amendment


Last week, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s off-the-rails press conference in which he blamed “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville and defended the alt-right, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said that Trump was showing signs of “mental instability” and that they should look at invoking the 25th Amendment.

During an appearance today on CNN’s State of the Union, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was asked by host Jake Tapper if he agreed with Speier’s opinion of Trump’s mental stability.

“Well, I certainly think that there’s an issue with the president’s capability,” the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee stated. “Some attribute of his character that makes him seemingly incapable of introspection.”

Schiff went on to invoke comments made by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who recently questioned Trump’s capacity to lead the country. “For that reason at a minimum we need the very best people around him in the White House,” Schiff said.

Tapper noted that Schiff didn’t appear to be disagreeing with what Speier had said about Trump’s mental instability and erratic behavior and pressed him on whether he agreed with her on using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

“You know, I don’t think we’re at a point of thinking about the 25th Amendment,” the Democratic lawmaker responded before stating that this would be something for the vice president and cabinet to get together on.

“I don’t think at this time it makes a lot of sense to focus on the 25th Amendment,” he concluded while explaining that many are still are concerned about the president’s behavior.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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