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Democratic lawmakers consulted a psychiatrist on Trump’s mental health

Ⓒ AFP – Nicholas Kamm – | US President Donald Trump speaks by phone at his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, on November 24, 2017

A dozen US lawmakers, most of them Democrats, consulted a professor of psychiatry at Yale University in December to analyze the mental health of President Donald Trump, according to CNN Politician.

A Republican senator, whose identity was not revealed, apparently joined the group to listen and question Professor Brady Lee, editor of the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” a series of psychiatrist trials that analyze the psychological state of the United States’s president.

“The legislators said they are worried about the danger that the president represents, the danger that represents his mental instability to the country,” Lee told CNN on Thursday.

Diagnosing a patient without treating him in consultation contravenes the principles of the American Psychiatric Association, which called on its members to abstain “from giving a professional opinion about the mental state of a person who has not been personally evaluated.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders denounced the “shameful” statements.

“If it were not suitable (for the function of president), it probably would not be where it is and would not have defeated the best group of candidates that the Republican Party has ever had,” he said, referring to the 2016 primaries.

In the House of Representatives, 57 Democratic lawmakers – 30% of the total – also drafted a bill to create a special parliamentary commission on “the presidential incapacity,” in order to “determine whether the president is psychologically or physically able to assume its functions”.

The US Constitution provides for two ways to replace the president. The first is the removal by a vote in Congress.

The second is activated by the amendment, ratified in 1967, which allows the vice president and half of the cabinet to declare that the president is “incapable of exercising power and of fulfilling the duties of his office.” The vice president then assumes the presidential functions.

In case the president challenges this decision, it is up to the Congress to confirm through a vote (two thirds in favor are required) the transfer of functions.

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