House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman about precautions to block “unstable president” from “ordering a nuclear strike” or accessing nuclear launch codes.
In a letter to Democratic lawmakers on Friday, Pelosi wrote, “The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.”
In a section entitled, “Preventing an Unhinged President From Using the Nuclear Codes,” the House Speaker wrote that, “this morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Mark Miller to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”
Pelosi, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other democrat leaders, is pushing for the president to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment of the U.S. constitution, or via impeachment.
John Bolton Cites Danger of the 25th Amendment
Though some Republicans have said would support the use of the 25th amendment for President Trump, John Bolton, the former head of the NSC pushed back. “For anybody to advocate removing him from office or trying to remove him from office, they have to be able to prove that the effort would make things better,” Bolton said in an interview with The Hill.
“It has never been used before, and the idea that you’re going to try to trigger it now for the first time and risk having two presidents simultaneously I just think is a fool’s errand,” he said.
The transition to power will happen on January 20, 2021 with President Elect Joe Biden assuming office as the 46th President of the United States. The electoral college results were approved by Congress late Wednesday, January 6th after protesters were cleared from the Capitol building.