Dem Rep. Raskin: Growing Concerns Of Trump's Mental Health, Pass '25th Amendment Bill'

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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) talked to CNN's Erin Burnett about President Trump's mental fitness, Democrats meeting with a psychiatrist to talk about his mental health, and using the 25th Amendment.

"[The psychiatrist] and other mental health professionals we've spoken to have said that there are other people who they have treated with the same kinds of symptoms and there's basically no real medical cure for the condition that he's demonstrating and their object in treating people with these symptoms is to contain them and to keep them away from weaponry," Raskin said.

"Now, from our perspective, we're not psychiatrists," he said. "We're not mental health professionals. That's not our job. But it is our job to enforce the Constitution. And the 25th Amendment has a way of dealing with this potential crisis."





Raskin also discussed the '25th Amendment bill' he is trying to pass in an appearance on Jake Tapper's CNN show earlier in the day:



BURNETT: I want to go now to Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin who met with Dr. Bandy Lee. And, Congressman, I appreciate your time. What did she tell you?

RASKIN: Well, I think she spoke to a lot of people in the mental health community in telling us that there are growing signs of paranoia, delusion and isolation in the president's behavior. And any hope that we had that it might turn around or get better was dashed by the discussion.

And she and other mental health professionals we've spoken to have said that there are other people who they have treated with the same kinds of symptoms and there's basically no real medical cure for the condition that he's demonstrating and their object in treating people with these symptoms is to contain them and to keep them away from weaponry.

BURNETT: So, contain them and keep them away from weaponry.

And you're saying that she is not the only professional of her level of expertise who said this to you?

RASKIN: Well, Dr. Lee, of course, edited a book which is a bestseller now, called "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump." And there are dozens of essays and articles in there. And I read the book before she came down.

And, you know, there's this group called Duty to Warn with thousands of mental health professionals.

Now, from our perspective, we're not psychiatrists. We're not mental health professionals. That's not our job. But it is our job to enforce the Constitution. And the 25th Amendment has a way of dealing with this potential crisis.

BURNETT: And I want to ask you about that, it's about fitness to serve. But first, Sarah Sanders, she says it's disgraceful and laughable to question the president's mental fitness. He defeated the strongest pool of rivals out there. He wouldn't be in the Oval Office if he was unfit.

What's your response to that? She has a point. I mean, the man went through a grueling campaign and he won.

RASKIN: Yes. Well, to begin with, the president himself has called people a nut job, a basket case, accused other people of going insane as recently as yesterday when I think he said that Steve Bannon was losing his mind. And, of course, to the psychiatrist, that looks like a massive projection on the part of the president.

But, look, this is America. We've got the First Amendment and everybody has a right to speak, whether it’s in a book or from the Oval Office or an article, and people can talk. But my interest is doing our institutional duty under the 25th Amendment.

And 50 years ago, both houses of Congress, overwhelming majorities of Democrats and Republicans alike said that we've got to prepare for the possibility of a president who becomes physically or mentally impaired and unable to execute the powers and duties of office. And there are two ways that the provisions are activated under the fourth provision of the 25th Amendment. One is the vice president and the cabinet can act, but the framers of the 25th Amendment knew that the cabinet was, of course, for the president.

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