According to a new book called “A warning”, which was written by an unnamed senior WH official, Mike Pence would have supported the 25th Amendment if the cabinet signed off on it.
The much-anticipated book â€œA Warning,â€ reportedly written by an unnamed senior White House official, claims that high-level White House aides were certain that Vice President Mike Pence would support the use of the 25th Amendment to have President Donald Trump removed from office because of mental incapacity.
According to the exposÃ©, which is written by someone that The New York Times and the publisher of the book say is a current or former senior White House official, using the pen name â€œAnonymous,â€ highly placed White House officials did a back-of-the-envelope tally of which Cabinet members would be prepared to sign a letter invoking Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which says that if the president is deemed unfit to discharge the duties of his office, the vice president would assume the role.
That letter would need to be signed by a majority of the Cabinet, delivered to Pence for his signature and then submitted to Congress.
According to Anonymous, there was no doubt in the minds of these senior officials that Pence would support invoking the 25th Amendment if the majority of the Cabinet signed off on it.
While discussions of invoking the 25th Amendment were never formalized, the idea that the vice president could go along with a Cabinet-backed plan to remove the president was certain to raise the ire of Trump, who is intolerant of dissent or any hint of disloyalty.
Passages from â€œA Warning,â€ set to be published Nov. 19, were provided to HuffPost by a source who did so only on the condition that their anonymity be protected and that the passages from the book would not be quoted from directly.
The Huffington Post admitted that they don’t actually know if Pence would have backed it.
HuffPost has not confirmed Penceâ€™s position on the invocation of the 25th Amendment but is publishing details from â€œA Warningâ€ because the book is highly newsworthy and the Department of Justice has gone so far as to warn the author that he or she may be subject to nondisclosure agreements as part of their work as an employee of the executive branch.Â
This is another example of the headline not delivering the goods that it promised. Even if everything that was said here was true it means almost nothing. All this tells me was that if Trump’s cabinet wanted to go use the 25th Amendment Pence would accept that. Nowhere in this book do we see that Pence thought the 25th Amendment was needed or that he was one of the leaders pushing it.
Of course, that won’t stop Fake News outlets from spreading it. They would love nothing more than President Trump to feel like his own Vice President is working against him.
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