Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote in a new book that meetings were held at the Department of Justice on whether President Trump should be removed from office with the 25th Amendment after the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
In an upcoming interview with “60 Minutes,” McCabe told CBS’s Scott Pelley that the Justice Department had to discuss “whether the vice president and a majority of the cabinet could be brought together to remove” President Trump under the 25th Amendment.
The news of Rosenstein discussing wearing a wire and talk of the 25th Amendment was first reported by The New York Times in September 2018.
Rosenstein disputed The New York Times report of the meeting in September and said, “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda.”
“But let me be clear about this,” he continued. “Based on my personal dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
CBS News’ Scott Pelley said Thursday morning in a preview of his forthcoming interview with McCabe, “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 pointed out that these meetings were part of an extraordinary 8-day period after Comey’s firing in which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also suggested to senior FBI officials that he should wear a secret recording device in his meetings with Trump.
A DOJ spokesman commented on McCabe’s interview, saying Rosenstein “rejects Mr. McCabe’s recitation of events as inaccurate and factually incorrect. The Deputy Attorney General never authorized any recording that Mr. McCabe references.” Continued Below)
The statement further said, “As the Deputy Attorney General previously stated, based on his personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the DAG in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment.”
“Subsequent to this removal, DOJ’s Inspector General found that Mr. McCabe did not tell the truth to the federal authorities on multiple occasions, leading to his termination from the FBI.” The spokesperson added.
Full DOJ statement:
New: Justice Department spokesperson says Rosenstein denies McCabe’s account of a discussion of invoking the 25th amendment as “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” Via @LauraAJarrett pic.twitter.com/1B4qjbfX4A
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 14, 2019
.@ScottPelley on what McCabe told @60Minutes: "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." pic.twitter.com/iVAyrEV4MF
— Norah O'Donnell🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) February 14, 2019