Pence team denies anonymous author’s claim that he would have backed removal of Trump
Vice President Pence’s team is denying a claim in a tell-all White House book from an anonymous author that the vice president would have backed a removal of President Trump under the 25th Amendment.
Pence spokeswoman Katie Waldman called the claim “FAKE NEWS” in a tweet late Wednesday in response to a HuffPost article about the book.
FAKE NEWS. https://t.co/cOB5SXzIG5
— Katie Waldman (@VPPressSec) November 6, 2019
In “A Warning,” the book from the anonymous official, they reportedly write that senior officials were convinced Pence would back getting rid of Trump if most of the Cabinet agreed.
The author, described only as a “senior official in the Trump administration” by the Times, said senior White House officials were counting how many Cabinet members would support invoking the amendment and had no doubt Pence would back the move, according to HuffPost.
The news outlet notes that the author writes that the conversations occurred after the president fired former FBI Director James Comey, which sparked the appointment of former special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, and “unhinged” behavior by the president.
The book comes out Nov. 19.
The 25th Amendment says the vice president would take over if a president is deemed unfit for office. It requires signatures from a majority of the Cabinet and then the vice president before being sent to Congress.
– Morgan Chalfant contributed
Updated: 12:18 p.m.