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Pelosi Pressed Pentagon on Safeguards to Prevent Trump From Ordering Military Action ➝

David E. Sanger, and Eric Schmitt, reporting for The New York Times:

But some Defense Department officials clearly resented being asked to act outside of the legal authority of the 25th Amendment and saw it as more evidence of a broken political system. They said that some political leaders were trying to get the Pentagon to do the work of Congress and cabinet secretaries, who have legal options to remove a president.

Mr. Trump, they noted, is still the commander in chief; unless he is removed, the military is bound to follow his lawful orders. While military officials can refuse to carry out orders they view as illegal — or slow the process by sending those orders for careful legal review — they cannot remove the president from the chain of command. That would amount to a military coup, the officials said.

This path is far worse than we realize. We need to de-escalate.

➝ Source: nytimes.com