- Betsy DeVos said she resigned after learning that Trump would not be removed from office by the 25th Amendment.
- DeVos confirmed she had conversations about the 25th Amendment after the Capitol riot.
- DeVos served as Trump’s education secretary.
In the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she resigned from her cabinet post after learning that Vice President Mike Pence would not support invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
“I spoke with the vice president and just let him know that I was here to do whatever he wanted and needed me to do or help, and he made it very clear that he didn’t. wasn’t going to go in that direction or that way,” DeVos told USA Today columnist Ingrid Jacques in her first public interview of her decision to step down on January 7, 2021.
“I spoke with colleagues. I wanted to get a better understanding of the law itself and see if it was applicable in this case. There were more than a few people who had these conversations internally,” he said. she added, confirming reports at the time that Cabinet members were discussing invoking the 25th Amendment.
The 25th Amendment allows a vice president to assume the presidency as long as he and the majority of Cabinet members approve. But after Pence opposed such efforts, DeVos decided to leave the Trump administration the same day, Jacques reported.
DeVos has not spoken with Trump since, she told Jacques.
DeVos’ comments come ahead of the release of his new book, “Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child,” which will be released June 21. The book discusses the education system in the United States and highlights DeVos’ time working for Trump during his tenure until his resignation.
In the book, DeVos recounted the attack on the Capitol on January 6 and wrote that it was his breaking point with Trump’s support.
“For me, there was a line in the sand. It wasn’t about the election results. It was about the values and the image of the United States. It was about the public service s’ rising above self. The president had lost sight of that,” she wrote, according to USA Today.
DeVos told Jacques that what happened on Jan. 6 was “in no way defensible” and criticized the president for his inaction.
“When I saw what was happening on January 6th and didn’t see the president stepping in and doing what he could have done to back it up or slow it down or really fix the situation, he was just obvious to me that I could not continue,” DeVos said.
The former education secretary was among a slew of Trump administration officials who resigned in the wake of the Capitol riot, alongside former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham and former acting Department of Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf.
The House select committee investigating Jan. 6 will hold six public hearings this month to reveal its findings after a year-long investigation. The first hearing will take place on Thursday evening. The panel interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and reviewed thousands of documents as part of its investigation.