Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who once called Donald Trump a “kook”, now agrees with the president that there is a “bureaucratic coup” against him, according to The Hill.
> The South Carolina senator made the comments while speaking on "Fox News Sunday" after host Chris Wallace asked if [Deputy] Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be fired for allegedly trying to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from the White House.
> "He shouldn’t fire Rosenstein unless you believe Rosenstein’s lying; he said he didn't do the things alleged," Graham said. Rosenstein strongly denied the recent New York Times report.
> "But there’s a bureaucratic coup against President Trump being discovered here," Graham added, saying people in the FBI tried to "taint the [2016 presidential] election" and tip it in Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's favor.
Graham went on to say that though he doesn’t know what Rosenstein might have done, he does know what former FBI officials Andrew McCabe, Peter Strozk and Lisa Page did.
> Many conservatives have zeroed in on text messages exchanged between Page and Strzok during the 2016 election as evidence of bias against Trump inside the agency.
"They tried to destroy this president," Graham said.
Graham said Rosenstein is “doing the country a great disservice by not appointing a special counsel” to investigate what conservatives perceive as an anti-Trump bias within the nation’s top law enforcement agency.
> On Friday, The New York Times reported that Rosenstein proposed secretly recording conversations with the president and discussed the possibility of administration officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
> Rosenstein has issued multiple statements disputing the reporting of the Times's story.