President Trump’s administration may come to an end in 2018 at the hands of his own cabinet, according to one of his closest friends.
Republican consultant Roger Stone, who has a long career of lobbying on behalf of Donald Trump’s interests long before he launched his run for office, said in a recent C-SPAN interview that the Trump cabinet may seek to bounce the president from the White House by way of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“This is not a conspiracy theory,” Stone told AP reporter Tom LoBianco, citing anonymous sources. “There are members of the cabinet who have had this discussion. Let me just leave it at that.”
“There is a plan afoot that is broader than just the cabinet. The 25th Amendment requires a majority of the cabinet and the vice president [to remove the president]. I don’t think that is achievable today,” Stone continued. “But we have seen what happens when a hysteria is whipped up among the people by some in the mainstream media. And I have always thought this is plan B for the two party duopoly that has run this country into the ground.”
The 25th Amendment stipulates that should a president be deemed unfit for office by a majority of the presidential cabinet and the Vice President of the United States, they can be removed from his or her position and replaced by their number two, who becomes Acting President until the next subsequent election. The cabinet officials and Vice President would have to submit their assessment of the president’s faculties in writing to either the Speaker of the House of Representatives (Paul Ryan) or the President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate (Orrin Hatch).
Even though Stone himself was let go from Trump’s presidential campaign as an official adviser in 2015, he still remains close to the president, saying as recently as October that he has informal phone conversations with Trump.
“Yesterday, I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the president of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the currently redacted and classified JFK assassination documents,” Stone told notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in October, referring to the declassification of government files on former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
The 25th Amendment has never been invoked against a sitting president.
Watch Stone’s interview below:
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.