Graham Vows Probe After McCabe Interview: ‘Was This an Attempted Bureaucratic Coup?’

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is on the official warpath against former acting director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He has announced he will be requesting testimony from McCabe following his claims that the Department of Justice (DOJ) considered invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office during a ’60 Minutes’ interview over the weekend.

McCabe was interviewed by ’60 Minutes’ host Scott Pelley, who called it an incredible interview. McCabe said that the DOJ considered removing the president from office. According to McCabe, members of the DOJ tried to guess which members of the cabinet would side with them in the hypothetical vote. For that to work, Pence would have to be on board which will never happen. This whole thing is propaganda from leftists.

Understandably, President Trump and many others are furious over these allegations by McCabe. That would include Graham who is the chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee. And he’s coming for both McCabe and Rosenstein over all of this. The South Carolina political pitbull has vowed to get to the bottom of what looks like an attempted coup.

Graham himself gave an interview on ‘Face the Nation’ and doubled down on his calls for questioning McCabe.

“The whole point of Congress existing is to provide oversight of the executive branch. So through good reporting from ’60 Minutes,’ there’s an allegation from the acting FBI director, at the time, that the deputy attorney general [Rod Rosenstein] was basically trying to do an administrative coup and take the president down with the 25th Amendment process. The deputy attorney general denies it. So, I promise your viewers the following: We will have a hearing about who’s telling the truth, what actually happened.”

Ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had talks in 2017 about a constitutional clause that allows the removal of a president if deemed unfit under the 25th Amendment. Rosenstein denies it. Someone is lying and they should go to prison over it. What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander here.

From IJR:

“Graham reiterated that he believes the actions, as described by McCabe, are the equivalent of a “bureaucratic coup,” but there are still several unanswered questions, especially because Rosenstein denies that the 25th Amendment talks were ever taken beyond light-hearting joking.

“We’re a democracy. People who enforce the law can’t take it into their own hands,” said Graham. “Was this an attempted bureaucratic coup? I don’t know. I don’t know who’s telling the truth. I know Rosenstein’s vehemently denied it, but we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”

“Graham explained that he supports the fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into every claim against President Trump and, in turn, he vowed to look into every claim about the treatment of the president from the DOJ and FBI.”

In the ’60 Minutes’ interview aired on Sunday McCabe said:

  • The FBI “had reason to investigate” the president’s links with Russia, based on Trump’s actions.
  • Rosenstein had been “absolutely serious” when he discussed secretly wearing a wire to record Trump.
  • Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin had told him North Korea did not have the capability to hit the US with ballistic missiles and when US intelligence officials contradicted this assessment, responded with: “I don’t care. I believe Putin.”

The White House is stating that McCabe has no credibility after being fired. I would agree with that. The justice department says McCabe’s account is “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” “The deputy attorney general never authorized any recording [of Trump]… nor was the deputy attorney general in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment.”

More from Graham:

“It’s stunning to me that one of the chief law enforcement officers of the land 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,” he told CBS.

“I think everybody in the country needs to know if it happened. I’m going to do everything I can to get to the bottom of the Department of Justice [and] FBI behavior toward President Trump and his campaign.”

Activating the relevant section of the 25th Amendment would require the approval of eight of the 15 members of Trump’s cabinet, the vice-president and two-thirds majorities in Congress. That will never, ever happen.

The entire transcript of the interview can be seen here.

Sources: IJR, BBC

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