Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe admitted during a 60 Minutes interview that the Justice Department discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from office.
McCabe, who is promoting his new book The Threat, said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered on multiple occasions to wear a wire around Trump.
McCabe told Scott Pelley during the 60 Minutes interview, that they wrestled with “what to do” with Trump during the eight days between James Comey’s firing and the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
“There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment,” Pelley said during an appearance on CBS This Morning to promote the interview.
“And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what to do with the president.”
"The most illuminating and surprising thing in the interview to me were these 8 days in May… There were meetings at the Justice Dept, in which it was discussed whether the VP and a majority of the cabinet could be brought together to remove the POTUS under the 25th Amendment" pic.twitter.com/cs0gBdYoSB
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 14, 2019
Rod Rosenstein is denying McCabe’s claims that he offered to wear a wire and talk of invoking the 25th Amendment to get rid of Trump:
New: Justice Department spokesperson says Rosenstein denies McCabe’s account of a discussion of invoking the 25th amendment as “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” Via @LauraAJarrett pic.twitter.com/1B4qjbfX4A
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 14, 2019
Reaction on Twitter:
Elizabeth Warren to us on McCabe citing 25th Amendment: “Look, the 25th Amendment is there for a reason. And if officials believe it’s time to invoke it, then that is their independent obligation as part of their faithful service to the Constitution. That’s for them to decide.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 14, 2019
I'm not sure why Rosenstein is fighting this wire and 25th amendment stuff so hard, other than his contempt for McCabe. He's in his final days at DOJ. Trump can't hurt him any more.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) February 14, 2019
Some people are bothered this morning that McCabe & others at the Justice Department discussed Trump and the 25th Amendment.
Uh…I'm bothered that McCabe & others at the Justice Department were so concerned about Trump that they FELT THE NEED to discuss the 25th Amendment.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 14, 2019
Damn. Someone is triggered right now. The 25th Amendment talk got under his skin. The mad king wants people to know he’s sane!
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 14, 2019
Now 2 FBI directors who opened up investigations against you. Now 2 people in your administration who looked into invoking the 25th Amendment against you. Fridays have always been your shit days. Let’s now add Thursdays to the list.
— Shugar (@GregShugar) February 14, 2019