During an interview on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) questioned the mental state of President Donald Trump.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 6, 2017
Rep. Schiff (D-CA) was asked on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports if there was any proof to back up Trump’s claim.
He answered, “No, and I think it’s a preposterous claim. As other people have pointed out, if it were true it would mean that a federal judge had found probable cause to believe that Trump or his associates were engaged in a crime, or that a FISA court judge had found that they were acting as agents of a foreign power. This is what the president is suggesting when he says that he was wiretapped. But it’s a preposterous claim, and I think it’s certainly one explanation that he’s merely trying to distract, but a more troubling conclusion might be that this is simply a president that can not separate fact from fantasy, and as a Commander In Chief doesn’t know right from wrong.”
Schiff was suggesting that the President Of The United States is potentially not of sound mind.
Just to make it clear that his statement isn’t up for interpretation, earlier on Monday, Rep. Schiff tweeted:
We must accept possibility that @POTUS does not know fact from fiction, right from wrong. That wild claims are not strategic, but worse.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 6, 2017
Schiff was not saying that Trump is definitely mentally unfit, but that it is possible that this president is not living in reality. The Constitution does allow for the removal of a president who is unable to discharge the duties of the presidency, but Trump can carry out the physical duties of the presidency.
What the Constitution doesn’t cover is what happens to the country is living in a fantasy land. At any other time, with any other president, a member of Congress questioning a president’s mental fitness would be a big story, but Trump’s questionable sanity already appears to be a given.
Either Trump has made a rational choice to lie to distract from the scandal, or there might be a mental issue.
Neither choice is good for the United States of America.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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