McCabe says Trump comments were taken out of context
Andrew McCabe on Friday denied that he knew of an effort to oust President Trump using the 25th Amendment, saying he never had “any extended discussions” about the matter and was unaware of such talks.
“At no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions,” his spokeswoman, Melissa Schwartz, said in a statement on Twitter, adding that his remarks about the issue were taken out of context.
She said McCabe “was present and participated in a discussion that included a comment by Deputy Attorney General [Rod] Rosenstein regarding the 25th Amendment.”
But, she added, “Mr. McCabe has merely confirmed a discussion that was initially reported elsewhere.”
CBS reporter Scott Pelley, who interviewed McCabe for Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” said Thursday that McCabe told him using the 25th Amendment was discussed and that officials were “counting noses” — or speculating on who might support such an endeavor.
“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.
“And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what to do with the president.”
In the interview, McCabe also confirmed that he took Rosenstein’s offer to wear a wire when meeting with Trump in the White House so seriously that he discussed the idea with agency lawyers.
A previous report said that Rosenstein made the crack sarcastically.
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The 25th Amendment allows for the removal of a president if a majority of cabinet members find the commander-in-chief “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
The conversation reportedly took place after Trump fired FBI director James Comey and before Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to oversee the Russia probe.
McCabe also said he was so “troubled” by his conversations with Trump after Comey’s firing that he launched a probe into whether it was obstruction of justice and a counterintelligence probe into whether the president was working with the Russians.
He said he wanted the investigations documented in case he was sacked.
Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March 2018, a day before he was going to retire.
McCabe’s book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” will hit bookstores Tuesday.
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