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Following the January 6 Capitol riot, then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he believed Donald Trump had “finally, totally discredited himself” and suggested Trump might be removed from office in favor of then Vice President Mike Pence, according to to excerpts from the upcoming nonfiction book This Will Not Pass that were published Monday by the Washington Post,

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An “exhilated” McConnell raised the possibility of removing Trump from office using the 25th Amendmentwhich allows the vice president and a majority of Congress to declare the president “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” immediately making the vice president acting president, the Washington Post quoted This Will Not Pass as saying.

The 480-page bookwhich was authored by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, claims to bring together hundreds of interviews, recordings and unseen documents to offer an unfettered look at how Republican leaders responded to the 2020 election, Trump’s false claims of voter fraud and the Capitol riot.

Sections of the book also portray other national Republican leaders as criticizing Trump privately while appearing loyal in public, the Washington Post reported.

A spokesperson for McConnell declined to comment on Martin and Burns’s book, the Washington Post reported.

This Will Not Pass is set for Publication May 3.

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