Alan Dershowitz on Report That DOJ Considered 25th Amendment: ‘Clearly an Attempt at a Coup D’état’


Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe‘s claim that the Department of Justice undertook serious discussions to try to remove President Donald Trump via the 25th Amendment rocked Washington on Thursday. And according to Alan Dershowitz, it’s an action which could be considered a coup.

Appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday, the Harvard Law professor emeritus argued that the 25th Amendment’s scope is limited to presidents who cannot perform their duties.

“If [McCabe’s comments are] true, it is clearly an attempt at a coup d’état,” Dershowitz said. He added, “The 25th amendment is about Woodrow Wilson having a stroke. It’s about a president being shot and not being able to perform his office. It’s not about the most fundamental disagreements. It’s not about impeachable offenses. And any Justice Department official who even mentioned the 25th Amendment in the context of President Trump has committed a grievous offense against the Constitution.”

Dershowitz went on to label the 25th Amendment talks as “despicable.”

“The framers of the 25th amendment had in mind something very specific,” he said. “And trying to use the 25th amendment to circumvent the impeachment provisions, or to circumvent an election is a despicable act of unconstitutional power grabbing.”

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