Donald Trump’s role in inciting the January 6, 2021 insurrection as president led to an unprecedented second impeachment and while the Senate failed to remove him from office, a new report indicates that his actions may have led to discussions at the highest levels of government about invoking the 25th Amendment. The 25th Amendment has provisions that allow for a majority of the Cabinet and the Vice President to temporarily relieve the president of their duties if they are determined to be unable to carry them out and following the insurrection, calls to invoke the Amendment came from both sides of the aisle. Of particular interest are any records of conversations about invoking the 25th Amendment involving some of Trump’s closest allies: then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and then-Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
CREW has requested records from the Treasury and State Departments for all records including phone logs, emails, and agendas from Pompeo or Mnuchin regarding invoking the 25th Amendment.
Any plans to temporarily remove Trump that his closest supporters may have considered and ultimately failed to enact should be made public. As Trump continues to face ongoing lawsuits and Congressional scrutiny around his involvement in inciting the insurrection, more evidence of Trump’s closest loyalists questioning his ability to serve as president following the attack on the Capitol would be revealing. Our democracy continues to reel from the effects of the insurrection, and the public deserves a full accounting of the events of January 6th, including an understanding of the full extent of Mnuchin and Pompeo’s involvement in these conversations.