Justice Officials Discussed Recruiting Cabinet Members to Push Trump From Office

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Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe said removing President Trump from office via the 25th Amendment was discussed.

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, top officials in the Justice Department met to discuss recruiting members of the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office, according to former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that McCabe made the admission during an interview with “60 Minutes” scheduled to air on Sunday, during which he also said he had ordered “the bureau’s team investigating Russia’s election interference to expand their scope to also investigate whether Mr. Trump had obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey.”

“I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion,” Mr. McCabe said. “That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.”

On the eve of his retirement in March 2018, Mr. McCabe was fired by Jeff Sessions, the attorney general at the time, citing lack of candor.

“I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they made that decision,” Mr. McCabe said.

Interviewer Scott Pelley told “CBS This Morning” that McCabe confirmed to details in a previous New York Times report: that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “had suggested wearing a wire in meetings with Mr. Trump and that Justice Department officials discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office.”

“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,” Mr. Pelley said. “These were the eight days from Comey’s firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what do with the president.”

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