Former CIA Director John Brennan said President Trump’s own top officials should consider invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
Brennan, a vocal Trump critic, appeared on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time on Monday and reacted to Trump revealing earlier in the day that he was firing Defense Secretary Mark Esper. This happened after Joe Biden was projected by many media outlets to win the 2020 election and Trump has resisted conceding defeat as he awaits legal challenges and recounts to play out in battleground states.
“What can be done to stop anything he wants to do in the next 70 days?” host Chris Cuomo asked, referring to the time remaining before Inauguration Day.
Brennan proposed the possibility that Vice President Mike Pence would get together with a majority of Cabinet officials to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, declaring the president unfit to perform his duties and giving his powers and duties to the vice president as acting president.
“Well, if Vice President Pence and the Cabinet had an ounce of fortitude and spine and patriotism, I think they would seriously consider invoking the 25th Amendment and pushing Donald Trump out because he is just very unpredictable now,” Brennan said. “He’s like a cornered cat, tiger, and he is going to lash out, and the fact, again, that he has the powers of the presidency in his hands is quite worrisome.”
Brennan served as CIA director from 2013 until January of 2017 during the Obama administration.
Pres. Trump is “like a cornered cat…he’s going to lash out and the fact…that he has the powers of the presidency in his hands is quite worrisome.”
Former CIA dir. John Brennan calls on VP Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and strip Pres. Trump of his powers. pic.twitter.com/CyqFoSIoux
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November 10, 2020