Republican Party Almost Turned On Trump?

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( – The evidence released by the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot shows that Trump’s inner circle was worried that Republicans would turn against him and give the presidential powers to Vice President Mike Pence.

From the deposition transcripts released on Tuesday, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony read, “There was a large concern of the 25th Amendment potentially being invoked.” She added that many were concerned about what would happen to the Senate if the 25th was indeed invoked.

The 25th Amendment would have allowed Pence to take over if Trump was deemed unfit to carry out his duties as President by the then-vice president and the majority of the Cabinet. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers had called for the Amendment to be used following the Capitol attack on January 6th.

In Tuesday’s documents, Cassidy also testified that it was those fears that were used to convince Trump that he should issue a statement following the attack. Among those who pressed for a statement to be released were former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former White House counsel Pat Cipollone. They reportedly had told Trump to consider what would happen in the final 15 days of his presidency if he did not release a statement.

Cassidy said that the statement was to be used as “cover” if the talks to invoke the 25th Amendment went through.

She also added that Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, senior Trump adviser Eric Herschmann and former deputy counsel Pat Philbin were also asking Trump to release a statement and say something about the events.

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