After his second “freeze-up” while speaking to the press last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been cleared by Congress physician Dr. Brian Monahan; the Kentucky Republican doesn’t have a seizure disorder nor did he suffer a stroke.
Monahan conducted a comprehensive neurological assessment including brain MRI imaging, an EEG study, and consultations with several neurologists.
“There is no evidence that you have a seizure disorder or that you experienced a stroke, TIA or movement disorder such as Parkinson’s disease,” Monahan said.
“There are no changes recommended in treatment protocols as you continue recovery from your March 2023 fall,” Monahan added.
Last week, President Biden said he spoke with McConnell and has no doubt he will be back on his feet in no time, claiming that the “freeze-ups” are all part of his recovery.
“I spoke to Mitch. He’s a friend and I spoke to him today,” Biden said when asked about McConnell’s health at a news conference on FEMA’s response to Hurricane Idalia. “And, you know, he was his old self on the telephone.
“And one of the leading women on my staff, her husband’s a neurosurgeon as well,” he noted. “It’s not at all unusual to have the response that sometimes happens to Mitch when you’ve had a severe concussion — it’s part of his recovery.”
“And so I’m confident he’s going to be back to his old self.”
Conservative news outlet National Review said in an editors’ letter last week that it’s time for McConnell to step down from his leadership position.
“The time has come for the Kentucky senator, after his long, impressive run, to make the decision to step aside from leadership,” the outlet wrote.