‘Anonymous’ Author Claims Senior WH Officials Thought Pence Would Back 25th Amendment Effort
The “Anonymous” author of a New York Times op-ed published last year has a new book coming out later in November, and some of its contents have already been released.
According to reporting from CNN, several senior White House officials who were (or are) part of a “resistance” effort within the executive residence believed that Vice President Mike Pence would support an effort to remove President Donald Trump from his position of power, using the 25th Amendment as a means to do so.
The 25th Amendment grants the vice president the power, with the concurrence of half of the president’s cabinet-level secretaries, to remove the president from power due to them being “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” The amendment also allows for the president to appeal the move to Congress. If less than two-thirds agree with the vice president’s assertion, that the commander-in-chief is unable to serve, then the president is reinstated to his position in the Oval Office.
Pence dismissed rumors of him being supportive of the 25th Amendment, telling reporters this week that he had never heard of such an effort in his time at White House. He called on “Anonymous,” if they were still in the administration, to resign, and further disparaged them in his comments.
“I have to tell you, this the very notion of this anonymous who wrote an editorial, and now it’s reported that they’ve written a book, is just appalling to me,” Pence said. “If there’s someone in our administration or served in our administration who doesn’t support this President, doesn’t support his agenda, they should do the honorable thing and resign.”
Some have suggested that the “Anonymous” author is closer to Pence than he realizes. Shortly after the New York Times op-ed was published, former administration official Omarosa Manigault-Newman said that she believed the individual was part of Pence’s own staff.
“[B]ecause of the choice of words, it is very similar to the speaking style and patterns of someone who would work around the vice president. That’s my opinion,” Manigault-Newman said at the time.