Report: Yale Psychiatrist Spoke With Lawmakers About Trump

Politico reports Yale psychiatry professor Dr. Bandy X. Lee was in DC for 2 days
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2018 9:40 AM CST
In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, President Trump responds to reporters as he leaves the White House.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – Yale University psychiatry professor Dr. Bandy X. Lee has President Trump's mind on her mind. She entered the spotlight in the fall with the October release of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a book she edited that collected assessments from 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts on the president's mental health—or lack thereof. Her name and the subject are coming to the fore again, via a Politico article that reports she was summoned to Washington for private meetings with lawmakers over two days to discuss Trump's mental state. Lee says she spoke with more than a dozen unnamed members of Congress—the group included a single Republican—over Dec. 5 and 6, and she summarizes her message: "He's going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs."

She details those "signs": espousing conspiracy theories, the retweeting of violent videos, his recent tweets on North Korea. She says she was surprised by the interest level among the lawmakers she met with; "one senator said that it was the meeting he most looked forward to in 11 years." And per Lee, her face time with them isn't ending: She says she has appearances on the books for this month that were arranged by Democratic Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jamie Raskin of Connecticut and Maryland, respectively. Politico uses the Lee meetings to recap the rumblings about the 25th Amendment and whether Trump could be removed from office. More on that here. The Hill reports Trump's first physical exam as president—whose results will be publicized—is scheduled for next Friday.

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