Trump’s cabinet discussed removing him because of Jan. 6, book claims

  • ABC reporter Jonathan Karl’s new book claims that members of Trump’s cabinet are considering invoking the 25th Amendment against him.
  • Karl specifically claims that Steve Mnuchin and Mike Pompeo discussed the issue.
  • Pompeo denied the allegations surrounding the ouster of Trump.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove former President Donald Trump after the Capitol uprising on January 6, according to a new book by ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl.

Karl’s book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” was released Tuesday and covers the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

According to the book, Mnuchin brought the idea of ​​removing Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment to several cabinet members, including Pompeo, The Guardian reported.

By that time, Education Minister Betsy DeVos and Transport Minister Elaine Chao had already resigned, though Karl said he believes both may have supported the move.

The 25th Amendment allows the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet to remove the President from office if a President is deemed incapable of performing duties in the role.

Karl argues that Pompeo went so far as to put together an analysis of what it would require to pursue such a course.

“The analysis determined that it would take too much time,” he wrote, “given that Trump had only 14 days left in office and any attempt to remove him by force would be subject to legal challenge.”

“It would not be fast enough and it would be subject to legal challenges,” Karl said during an appearance on MSNBC on Monday. “But in the hours after the riot, there were high-level conversations about this.”

Mnuchin did not speak to Karl for the book, and Pompeo initially declined to comment. However, through a spokesman, he denied the allegations, Yahoo reported.

Karl’s report on Pompeo and Mnuchin’s discussion is consistent with reports from stores including ABC News and CNN in the days following January 6th.

Representatives of Trump, Pompeo and Mnuchin did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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