Andrew McCabe: Justice Department officials discussed removing Trump from office

Andrew McCabe: Justice Department officials discussed removing Trump from office

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who also served as acting director after James Comey was sacked, revealed in a 60 Minutes interview that the Department of Justice seriously considered removing President Trump from office.multiple times.

A frequent punching bag for Trump, McCabe was sacked from the bureau in March just 26 hours before he could retire, after the inspector general presented Justice Department leadership with allegations that McCabe had authorized a disclosure to the media and then lied repeatedly to investigators about it.

McCabe was sacked by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March following an inspector general report that concluded he 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.

McCabe personally reviewed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application for a warrant to spy on former Trump-campaign associate Carter Page. "And I did not", McCabe said on "60 Minutes" Sunday.

"I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russian Federation case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion".

But as snippets of the interview were released Thursday morning, Trump began attacking the former Federal Bureau of Investigation official and officials at the DOJ began pushing back on his claims.

"The Deputy Attorney General never authorized any recording that Mr. McCabe references", the statement said.

According to Pelley, McCabe was told by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein multiple times that he would be willing to secretly record a meeting with Trump.

Of discussion of invoking the 25th amendment, which allows for removal of a cabinet with a vote of the vice president and a majority of his cabinet, or of a special panel that can be created, he said: 'They were counting noses, ' according to Pelley. He said Rosenstein, along with others, discussed invoking the 25th Amendment, stating the president is unfit for office.

The comments confirm reporting about the discussions by the New York Times.

McCabe's new book, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, describes the challenges and frustrations in interacting with the new president on sensitive national security matters.

CNN reported in December that McCabe opened the obstruction of justice investigation prior to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation investigation. The allegations, which McCabe has denied, have been referred for investigation to the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington.

McCabe told CBS there were meetings at the Justice Department to discuss the possibility of removing Trump under the constitution's 25th Amendment, outlining how the cabinet can decide whether a president can no longer do his job.

A favorite target of Mr. Trump's ire, Ms. Warren said she has no special knowledge on whether there are grounds to remove Mr. Trump from office but said that "there are a whole lot of people who do see him every day who evidently were talking about invoking the 25th Amendment". McCabe is the first person associated with those conversations to confirm publicly the account as reported in the Times.

Asked on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday whether McCabe should be charged - as some Trump associates have - with lying to investigators, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said prosecutors must make an objective determination.

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