In what talk radio host Rush Limbaugh characterized as a “silent coup” on Sunday, Justice Department officials discussed the possibility of removing President Trump, duly elected by the American people, from office.
One of those officials, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, still sits in office, and according to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Rosenstein “was not joking” when he suggested he could wear a wire to secretly record the president in the Oval Office.
The alleged coup d’état came after Trump fired disgraced FBI Director James Comey, and McCabe appeared on “60 Minutes” to discount earlier claims that the offer was a joke by Rosenstein.
He recounted what Rosenstein said: “I never get searched when I go into the White House. I could easily wear a recording device. They wouldn’t know it was there.”
“Now, he was not joking,” McCabe added. “He was absolutely serious. And in fact, he brought it up in the next meeting we had.”
McCabe, who was fired for “lacking candor under oath” — see lying — in misleading investigators about the fact that he authorized a conversation between FBI employees and the media, cited “the pressure and the chaos” they were all under to explain their actions.
“I never actually considered taking him up on the offer,” McCabe said of Rosenstein. “I did discuss it with my general counsel and my leadership team back at the FBI when he brought it up for the first time.”
Attorney Lisa Page, the mistress of disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok, was part of this discussion — the lovers texted about an “insurance plan” if Trump is elected.
CBS News anchor Scott Pelley asked McCabe about the response at the FBI to the idea of secretly recording the president.
“I think the general counsel had a heart attack,” McCabe answered. “And when he got up off the floor, he said, ‘That’s a bridge too far. We’re not there yet.'”
He would also say that it was Rosenstein who “raised the issue” of invoking the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which allows Cabinet members to seek the removal of a president if they conclude that he is mentally unfit.
“Rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort,” McCabe told Pelley.
Again, he falls back on saying it “was an unbelievably stressful time” to justify the stunning actions of top officials in the Department of Justice to essentially get rid of the president of the United States.
Actions Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, characterized as “an attempted bureaucratic coup.”
Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Graham said he planned to launch an investigation into the matter and subpoena McCabe and Rosenstein if they did not agree to testify voluntarily.
“We’re going to find out what happened here and the only way I know to find out is to call the people in under oath and find out, through questioning, who’s telling the truth because the underlying accusation is beyond stunning,” Graham said.
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