McCabe Confirms DOJ Considered 25th Amendment, Rosenstein Serious About Wearing Wire

McCabe Confirms DOJ Considered 25th Amendment, Rosenstein Serious About Wearing Wire

McCabe made the revelation during an interview with 60 Minutes that is scheduled to air in the U.S. on Monday (NZT). "So through good reporting by '60 Minutes, ' there's an allegation by the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director at the time that the deputy attorney general was basically trying to do an administrative coup, take the president down to the 25th Amendment process". "The deputy attorney general denies it".

Speaking to Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation, Graham promised "a hearing about who's telling the truth, what actually happened".

He added that he will subpoena McCabe and Rosenstein if necessary.

"I can't confirm that", he said.

The tension in that relationship is palpable even in the title of McCabe's memoir, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.The publication date is February 19, but the most explosive assertions burst into the news Thursday when CBS aired portions of its upcoming interview with McCabe (set to air Sunday on 60 Minutes).

The officials were "counting noses" to work out how many members of Mr Trump's cabinet, including the Vice President Mike Pence, would vote in favour of the move.

Yet Rosenstein, a career prosecutor who is expected to resign now that Barr takes over, nonetheless developed a good relationship with the president, and it somehow endured the Times report last September of the 25th Amendment plot.

Justice Department officials said at the time the remark was a joke and meant sarcastically.

He also repeated the allegation that Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney-general, offered to "wear a wire" to record Mr Trump. McCabe allegedly leaked information to the press about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation, to deflect attention from his own ties with the Clinton family and push back against the narrative that he was therefore impartial. McCabe is the first person associated with those conversations to confirm publicly the account as reported in the Times.

Pelley said the "most illuminating and surprising thing in the interview to me were these eight days in May when all of these things were happening behind the scenes that the American people really didn't know about".

McCabe, who was sacked from the FBI last March, also said he ordered an investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice as a way to preserve ongoing inquiries into Russian election meddling in case there was an effort to terminate them. McCabe said Rosenstein, who wrote a memo supporting Comey's removal, told him that Trump had wanted him to mention Russian Federation in that document, though Rosenstein ultimately did not do so.

McCabe said he and Rosenstein had talked about "why the president had insisted on firing the director" Comey, "and whether or not he was thinking about the Russian Federation investigation, and did that impact his decision".

The FBI's investigation was ultimately taken over by special counsel.

In the interview, McCabe said he initiated the investigations to make sure they were firmly implanted should he be forced out.

"Intelligence officials in the briefing responded that that was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses", McCabe said.

McCabe was sacked in March by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions after an inspector general report concluded McCabe misled investigators about his role in directing other officials at the FBI to speak to The Wall Street Journal about his involvement in a public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation.



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