CONCORD, N.H. — Vice President Mike Pence strongly denied that he would have considered invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president, calling the thought appalling.
A soon-to-be-published book reportedly claims White House aides were certain Pence would sign a letter to remove President Donald Trump from office if a majority of the Cabinet wanted to. The senior aides claimed they put together a back-of-the-envelope list of Cabinet secretaries who were open to the idea of removing Trump because of mental incapacity, according to pages obtained by HuffPost.
Using the pen name “Anonymous”, the author wrote that aides thought Pence was prepared to sign a letter invoking the 25th Amendment, allowing the president to be removed from office if he is deemed unfit to discharge the duties of his office.
Pence said he has never heard any discussion about the 25th amendment in the White House.
“You know when those rumors came out a few years ago, I dismissed them then,” he said, adding: “If there is someone who is in our administration or who has served in our administration [who] doesn’t support this president, doesn’t support his agenda, he should resign.”
Huffington Post did not independently confirm Pence’s position but reported the Department of Justice has warned the employee he or she may not legally be allowed to disclose their work as an employee of the executive branch.
The book, called “A Warning”, is set to be published on Nov. 19.
Pence was also questioned about his involvement in the Ukraine scandal, the same day one of his top aides was testifying as part of impeachment proceedings in Washington.
During a question-and-answer session with local reporters after signing paperwork to put the Trump-Pence ticket on the ballot in New Hampshire, he maintained the administration did nothing wrong. But he skirted a direct question about what he knew before Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“In all of my discussions with President Zelensky, we were focused on President Zelensky’s efforts to end corruption in Ukraine and enlist more European support,” he said.
The questions came as one of his top foreign policy aides, Jennifer Williams, testified before House investigators. Williams is a foreign service officer who was listening in on the July 25 call between Trump that has been the focus of impeachment proceedings.
Williams is the first person from Pence’s office to testify in front of House investigators. She’s likely to be asked about Pence’s trip to Poland in September where he met with Zelensky. Investigators want her to explain what Pence knew and when.
At the time, Pence said there was no wrongdoing on the part of the administration. Pence did not listen in to the call but has struggled to explain whether he had any knowledge of Trump’s request for Ukraine to reopen an investigation related to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, who has not been accused of wrongdoing.
Williams has served as a top aide to the vice president, working with his special adviser for Europe and Russia and helping him negotiate a ceasefire between Turkey and Syria.
“What’s going on in Washington, D.C. today is a disgrace,” Pence said.
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