A new excerpt from author Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” details a moment when former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon thought President Donald Trump could feasibly be removed from office.
What’s the excerpt say?
Bannon was reportedly so concerned over Trump’s public comments — which received much public attention — that he allegedly told colleagues that he believed the 25th Amendment could be used to remove the president from office as a result of a question of his mental fitness.
Wolff wrote, “The debate, as Bannon put it, was not about whether the president’s situation was bad, but whether it was 25th-Amendment bad.”
The 25th Amendment is a constitutional provision that allows the government to move forward with proceedings in replacing a president due to certain stipulations: removal, resignation, incapacitation or death.
In an excerpt released Wednesday by the Guardian, Bannon accused members of the Trump campaign of being “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” which prompted Trump to fire back that Bannon has “lost his mind.”
Is there more to know?
CNN on Thursday reported that a Trump lawyer sent the “Fire and Fury” publishers a cease and desist letter demanding the book not be released.
The publishers, instead of complying with the Trump attorney’s letter, released “Fire and Fury” four days earlier than planned.
“Due to unprecedented demand, we are moving the on-sale date for all formats of ‘Fire and Fury,’ by Michael Wolff, to Friday, January 5, at 9 a.m. ET, from the current on-sale date of Tuesday, January 9,” a spokesperson for the publishers told CNN.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday laughed off suggestions that Trump’s mental health was a concern.
During a news conference, Sanders responded to a reporter who questioned Trump’s mental fitness.
“It’s disgraceful and laughable. If he was unfit he probably wouldn’t be sitting there,” Sanders explained.
“He wouldn’t have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the Republican Party has ever seen,” she added, and noted that Trump is an “incredibly good and strong leader.”
“That’s why we’ve had such a successful 2017 and why we’re going to continue to do great things as we move forward in this administration,” Sanders stated.