House Democrats Plan Event to Examine Donald Trump's Allegedly Deteriorating Mental Health

House Democrats are planning a Capitol Hill event that will feature a psychiatrist who will examine President Donald Trump's allegedly deteriorating mental health.

Dr. Bandy Lee — a Yale School of Medicine psychiatrist and editor of the best-selling book "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President" — will be speaking at the event and all lawmakers in Washington D.C. will be invited to attend. According to The Hill, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), who has previously called for Trump's impeachment, and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) will be hosting the event

"We are planning to do something where she can make a presentation to other members, so that they'll be aware of what she's been working on," Taymuth told the news outlet on Wednesday, adding that the event is anticipated to be held in July.

"We're planning to put together an event," Yarmuth told the Washington Examiner, who first broke the story. "She's calling it a town hall. We haven't actually determined the format, but it's going to be an event where she is going to present her findings, and media will be invited."

The book, edited by Lee, asserts that psychiatrists have an ethical responsibility to publicly disclose their evaluations of a dangerous sitting president. The view has been considered by some as controversial because associations within the psychiatric profession discourage members from diagnosing patients they have not personally evaluated. However, Lee has argued that the book's description of the president's displays of mental instability should not be read as a traditional diagnosis.

"Even though none of them had actually treated Trump, they in their practices, and their experience, they recognize certain patterns of behavior, and when it's their professional responsibility to alert people who may be endangered by someone's behavior," Yarmuth said. "And in this case it's the American people."

It is unclear how many House members will attend as the organizers have yet to determine interest, according to Yarmuth and Lee. However, if no GOP members agree to show up the group may reconsider the event.

"The president's condition has been visibly deteriorating to the point where there's a lot of talk right now about his mental state beyond mental health professionals," Lee told the Examiner. "It no longer takes a mental health professional to recognize the seriousness of the current presidency."

Newsweek reached out to the Trump administration for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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US President Donald Trump attends the D-Day75 National Commemorative Event to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Southsea Common on June 05, 2019 in Portsmouth, England. It has been revealed this week that Democrats are planning an event on Capitol Hill to examine Trump's allegedly deteriorating mental health. Getty/Karwai Tang
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