McCabe: Rosenstein Was Counting Votes on 25th Amendment Effort for Trump's Removal

McCabe Rosenstein offered to wear a wire into WH

McCabe Rosenstein offered to wear a wire into WH

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 United States election in his favor.

"He opened a completely baseless investigation into the president", the White House said.

"It's stunning to me that one of the chief law enforcement officers of the land - the acting head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - would go on national television and say, oh by the way I remember a conversation with the deputy attorney general about trying to find if we could replace the president under the 25th Amendment", Mr.

"I believe I was sacked because I opened a case against the president of the United States", he said. "And he did not believe that because President Putin had told him they did not".

Rosenstein has dismissed reports that he discussed removing Trump from office - and even pondered wearing a wire to secretly record his conversations with the president - as a "joke", if indeed he made the comments.

Rosenstein has refuted any allegations he ever "pursued or authorised recording the president", while Justice Department officials reportedly referred to it as a sarcastic remark.

Twitter can keep copies of your deleted DMs for years
It seems reasonable to assume this would also be the case for DMs that both sides of a conversation have chosen to delete. As TechCrunch notes, this is egregious not for security reasons but for privacy.

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

Then after calling it an allegation of "administrative coup", he continued on: "So I promise your viewers the following: We will have a hearing about who is telling the truth, what actually happened".

"Essentially, the president said he did not believe that the North Koreans had the capability to hit us here with ballistic missiles in the United States", McCabe said during the interview. "He was present and participated in a discussion that included a comment by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein regarding the 25th Amendment". "The Deputy Attorney General again rejects Mr. McCabe's recitation of events as inaccurate and factually incorrect", a Department of Justice statement said on Thursday. 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. McCabe said he had pushed for the probe to have an independent overseer, though Rosenstein - who appointed Mueller - had concerns. 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 ultimately did lose his own job, after an inspector general inquiry found that he lied to investigators exploring a media disclosure. McCabe said on "60 Minutes" that he did not intentionally lie, and he believes his termination was politically motivated.

"I believe I was sacked because I opened a case against the president of the United States", McCabe said.

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