Press Release

AUTHORS OF THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP RELEASE
MENTAL HEALTH ANALYSIS OF MUELLER REPORT

If One is Too Incompetent to Commit a Crime, Despite Trying Hard,
Is One Competent to be President?

The Mueller Report may not have enough to indict a president, but it is a document
of extraordinary evidence on mental incapacity

Washington, DC, April 25, 2019 — Leading psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health experts have released a “report on the Mueller report,” highlighting its extensive documentation of Donald Trump’s psychological characteristics that point to dangerousness and incapacity to serve in his office.  Beyond previous reports of actions and statements, the Mueller report shows the more compelling patterns of impulsivity, recklessness, a lack of firm grip on reality, manipulation of advisors, absorption in self-interest that overrides national interest, inability to consider consequences before taking action, paranoid reactions, an attraction to violence, and an absence of empathy, as well as apparent cognitive and memory difficulties.  Without diagnosing, these make the President clearly a danger in his role as Commander in Chief and one on whom the world relies for steady and wise actions in international affairs.  

We are among the 37 mental health experts, including some of the most renowned psychiatrists and psychologists in the country, who put their analysis in the bestselling book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.  An April 2017 conference at Yale School of Medicine, organized by Yale professor Bandy X. Lee clarified the responsibility of mental health professionals to society to point out dangers in our midst and to share their expertise in helping the public to recognize and address those dangers.  That conference led to two editions of this public-service book and the World Mental Health Coalition (dangerouscase.org), an organization of thousands of mental health professionals who have joined together to step up in addressing the dangers posed by the president.

Now, the Mueller report brings new evidence as well as confirmation of the evidence on which we based our assessment two years ago.  As detailed in the document released today, the Mueller report further confirms the reasons why we believed that the president’s condition was severe and would only grow worse over time in his current position.

Seldom do mental health professionals have the quantity of detailed information the Mueller report provides of an individual’s behavior, verified with the caliber of a criminal investigation of the highest order.  Now, we can state with a high level of confidence, based on data that vastly exceed what we ordinarily have in clinical practice, that the evidence of the president’s mental incapacity is overwhelming.

In the interest of making a reasonable attempt to obtain a personal interview, we request that the president sit through a formal evaluation by a panel of independent experts, which the President should be able to agree to if he believes he is fit to serve.  We request that he agree to do so within three weeks.  We believe that, given the enormous high-quality data now available, and the extreme dangers implied in presidential incapacity, it is imperative that the president clarify the matter of incapacity through a thorough examination.  In the event of refusal, we believe that we have enough evidence to come to a conclusion and will pursue this in the ensuing weeks.

 

For further information contact Dr. Bandy Lee at bandy.lee@yale.edu.