Donald Trump aides Steven Mnuchin, Mike Pompeo wanted him out of power after Capital riots, book claims
- 'Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show', by Jonathan Karl published on Tueday
- The book says Trump loyalists wanted to get rid of him after the January 6 riots
- They discussed using the 25th amndment to do so
As per 'Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show', by the ABC Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl, Pompeo and Mnuchin talked about invoking the 25th amendment. The amendment was added to the constitution after the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963. It provides for the removal of an incapacitated president, potentially on grounds of mental as well as physical fitness. It has never been used.
Karl's work revealed that Mnuchin spoke to other cabinet members about using the amendment on the night of January 6. Removing the President required a majority vote in the cabinet. The book further says that the treasury secretary also informed Mike Pompeo, Trump’s secretary of state about the move.
“Pompeo through a spokesman denied there have ever been conversations around invoking the 25th amendment. The spokesman declined to put his name to the statement," the book reads.
The book was published on Tuesday. Mnuchin did not offer any comments.
Karl reported that Mike Pompeo asked for a legal analysis of the process for invoking the 25th amendment.
“The analysis determined that it would take too much time,” Karl writes, “considering that Trump only had 14 days left in office and any attempt to forcefully remove him would be subject to legal challenge.”
The book comes out as Pompeo and Pence are considered as the likely candidates for 2024 presidential primary.
Karl, in his book, wrote that in the aftermath of the Capitol riot, around which five people died, “at least two cabinet secretaries” asked Pence, who had been holed up at the Capitol as rioters chanted for his hanging, to convene a cabinet meeting. Pence did not do so and there is no evidence to suggest he was involved in 25th amendment discussions, the book adds.