CONCORD, N.H. – Vice President Pence blasted a brand new report Thursday that urged he had thought of supporting the usage of the 25th Amendment to have President Trump faraway from workplace.

And on the day {that a} State Department aide detailed to the vice chairman’s workplace was testifying as half of the Democrats’ House impeachment inquiry, Pence emphasised that neither he nor the president did something flawed in their dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.


Pence addressed each points after submitting to position Trump’s title on the first-in-the-nation Republican main poll in New Hampshire. Making clear there is not any daylight between working mates, Pence dismissed “without qualification” rumors that he thought of invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

Pence’s feedback got here hours after the nameless writer of an upcoming anti-Trump ebook reportedly cited nameless sources to declare that the vice chairman was seen to assist utilizing the 25th Amendment to have Trump faraway from workplace again in 2017. The Huffington Post obtained an excerpt of “A Warning,” which is written by the unnamed senior Trump administration official who penned a scathing assault on the president in an nameless New York Times op-ed final 12 months.


The Huffington Post reported that the nameless writer “did a back-of-the-envelope tally of which Cabinet members would be prepared to sign a letter invoking Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution” and “there was no doubt in the minds of these senior officials” that Pence could be on board.

Asked by WebNews if there was any validity to the report, the vice chairman stated:  “When those rumors came out a few years ago, I dismissed them then. I never heard any discussion in my entire tenure as vice president about the 25th Amendment. And why would I? I mean the record that we’re celebrating today here in New Hampshire, the record that we’re going to be taking all across this country is a testament to President Donald Trump’s leadership.”

To hammer house his level, Pence added: “I’m blissful to dismiss them with out qualification immediately.”

The vice chairman additionally took goal on the nameless writer.

“The very notion of this nameless who wrote an editorial, now it is reported that they’ve written a ebook, it’s simply appalling to me,” Pence said. “If there’s somebody in our administration or [who] served in our administration who doesn’t assist this president, doesn’t assist his agenda, they need to do the honorable factor and resign.”

Vice President Mike Pence files to place the name of President Trump on the first-in-the-nation presidential primary ballot at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on Oct.  7, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence files to position the title of President Trump on the first-in-the-nation presidential main poll on the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on Oct.  7, 2019

As Pence was in New Hampshire, Jennifer Williams — his workplace’s particular adviser for Europe and Russia — was behind closed doorways on Capitol Hill. WebNews realized that the White House had tried to forestall Williams from showing or limiting her testimony, however she complied with a subpoena served by House Democrats.

According to a Trump administration official, Williams was on the July 25 telephone name between Trump and Zelensky.

The president has come beneath fireplace over the telephone dialog, in which he requested Zelensky to look into the dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine. Biden is likely one of the high Democrats aiming to problem Trump in subsequent 12 months’s election. Fueled by a whistleblower criticism, a transcript of the decision launched by the White House and quite a few witness testimony, Democrats have argued the president was asking a international nation to intervene in a U.S. election.


Adding to the controversy was the truth that earlier than that telephone name, tens of millions in U.S. navy assist to Ukraine was placed on maintain. Despite allegations that Trump was utilizing the cash as leverage, Trump has repeatedly insisted that he did nothing flawed. He stated there was no “quid pro quo” and has on quite a few events described his dialog with the Ukrainian chief as “perfect.”

Pence advised reporters, “The American people have the transcript of the president’s call and they can see that there was no quid pro quo and the president did nothing wrong.”

“The president’s focus has been, as my focus in was my meetings with President Zelensky, on supporting President Zelensky’s efforts to deal with a historic pattern of corruption in Ukraine and also to enlist more European support,” he added.

The vice chairman, who’s remained on the periphery of the scandal thus far, pressured that “in all of my discussions with President Zelensky, we targeted solely on President Zelensky’s efforts to finish corruption in Ukraine and likewise to enlist extra European assist. Know as the details proceed to come back out, individuals will see that the president did nothing flawed, that the main target of our administration, all of my contacts with President Zelensky, have been in the nationwide curiosity.”


Pence’s journey to New Hampshire got here hours earlier than former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was anticipated to announce his 2020 bid for the Senate in his house state of Alabama. Sessions served as a senator from Alabama for 20 years earlier than becoming a member of the Trump administration as lawyer basic.

Sessions, who resigned from the Justice Department a 12 months in the past amid public assaults from the president, was one in all Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisers earlier than their relationship soured over his recusal from the Russia investigation. If he runs for a seat, Sessions would be part of a crowded subject of Republicans already vying to tackle Democratic incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, who faces a difficult reelection in the conservative southern state. The submitting deadline to enter the race is Friday afternoon.

Asked if he would marketing campaign on behalf of Sessions if the previous lawyer basic have been to win the nomination, Pence stated: “We’ll let the individuals of Alabama make that call” earlier than pivoting to the president’s personal 2020 reelection.


New Hampshire was Trump’s first main victory. His crushing win over a big subject of 2016 GOP rivals launched him towards profitable the nomination and finally the White House.

Pence filed on behalf of the president — persevering with a practice of the vice chairman submitting in New Hampshire on behalf of an incumbent president working for reelection. Then-Vice President Biden traveled to New Hampshire in 2011 on behalf of then-President Barack Obama, as they ran for reelection in 2012.

While there’s loads of hypothesis that the vice chairman will run for the highest cease in 2024, Pence advised reporters: “I’ll keep you posted.”

WebNews’ Brian Flood, Mike Emanuel, John Roberts, Chad Pergram and Patrick Ward contributed to this report.

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