A portion of the twenty fifth Modification, which addresses presidential succession, permits a vp and a majority of the Cupboard to vote to take away a president from workplace on account of his lack of ability to “discharge the powers and duties of his workplace.”
Pompeo served as CIA director for the primary yr of Trump’s presidency, and led the State Division for Trump’s remaining three years, the place he was a stalwart Trump ally and defender.
Lofgren refused to touch upon the particulars of Pompeo’s testimony in an interview on Tuesday, however informed CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Scenario Room” that “he got here in willingly, and he did reply questions for fairly a while.”
When requested if the committee discovered any new info from Pompeo’s testimony, Lofgren stated, “I believe we fill in a number of items right here and there every time we interview somebody. Clearly, we have had testimony from others about what he stated and did. And so, it is only a matter of filling out the complete image, particularly on that day and the occasions subsequent to that day, the place the Cupboard secretaries had issues concerning the President.”
Nevertheless, Mastriano’s digital look Tuesday solely lasted about quarter-hour and “he did not reply a single query,” based on a supply acquainted with the matter.
Mastriano’s legal professional reduce off the digital look quickly after it started, the supply stated. His lawyer, Tim Parlatore, took problem with a number of procedural issues associated to the deposition, and raised questions concerning the legality of the subpoena that Mastriano acquired from the panel, the supply added.
Mastriano, a key determine in Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election, led a fake legislative “listening to” at a resort in Gettysburg a number of weeks after the 2020 election, the place Trump and his then-lawyer Rudy Giuliani made false claims about election fraud. He additionally chartered buses to convey Trump supporters to Washington on January 6, and he was briefly answerable for the Pennsylvania state Senate’s partisan “audit” of the 2020 election.
Final week, Mastriano threatened to stroll out of a scheduled deposition earlier than the Home choose committee except the panel agreed to his circumstances, doubtlessly establishing a court docket combat over his testimony.
In a letter to the committee, his legal professional, Parlatore had stated he would pull out of the scheduled deposition except they might conform to sure lodging. Parlatore requested that he be capable to videotape the deposition, maintain the footage in escrow, and launch parts of it afterward, if the committee publicly releases clips that he believes would require extra context.
This story has been up to date with extra background info.
CNN’s Marshall Cohen, Zachary Cohen, Chandelis Duster, Sara Murray and Shawna Mizelle contributed to this report.