Lindsey Graham Pledges Investigation Of McCabe, Rosenstein Over ‘Bureaucratic Coup’

Lindsey Graham Pledges Investigation Of McCabe, Rosenstein Over ‘Bureaucratic Coup’

The president abruptly fired Comey amid tensions over the FBI's investigation into possible links between Trump's 2016 campaign and a covert Russian effort to sway the U.S. election in his favor. One day in particular, an Federal Bureau of Investigation official returned from briefing the White House that did not go well. "But what I can say is the deputy attorney general was definitely very concerned about the president, about his capacity and about his intent at that point in time". I don't know how to describe it other than I was extremely proud to be around him at that point in time because I thought he was doing an excellent job at maintaining focus and dealing with a very uncertain and hard situation. "They wouldn't know it was there, '" McCabe said.

The 25th Amendment allows a majority of cabinet members to remove a sitting president.

McCabe's spokeswoman said in a statement Friday that he did not participate in any "extended discussions" about using the 25th Amendment, nor was he aware of any.

Rosenstein has disputed previous reports describing allegations by McCabe that he had discussed the topic.

"[McCabe] went on national television and he made an accusation that floors me..."

"If the president committed obstruction of justice, fired the director of the FBI to negatively impact or to shut down our investigation of Russia's malign activity and possibly in support of his campaign, as a counterintelligence investigator you have to ask yourself, 'Why would a president of the United States do that?' " McCabe said.

Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to "include Russia" in a memo the President requested outlining reasons to fire Comey (which Rosenstein did not do).

The Justice Department issued a statement calling McCabe's comments "inaccurate and factually incorrect". Rosenstein did not want to, McCabe said, and the memo that was made public upon Comey's dismissal did not mention Russian Federation and focused instead on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation.

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

In one instance, McCabe claimed, Trump said he didn't believe North Korea had the capability to launch a missile at the United States because Putin had told him so. Trump has repeatedly excoriated McCabe on Twitter, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a February 14 statement that he "has no credibility". McCabe has denied having intentionally lied and said Sunday that he believes his firing was politically motivated.

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