Two Cabinet Officials Were Open To Rosenstein’s Plan To Remove Trump From Office

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The House Judiciary Committee released interview transcripts with FBI General Counsel James Baker today.

Last October, former FBI general counsel James Baker told the House Judiciary Committee that he believed that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had word of two cabinet members willing to enforce the 25th Amendment to remove Trump, Axios reported. Today, House Judiciary Committee Republicans released interview transcripts with Baker.

"To the best of my recollection [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe] told me that the deputy attorney general said that he had at least two members of the Cabinet who were ready to invoke the 25th Amendment,” he said. He continued that the matter was not a "joke" and that the conversation "was pretty dark."

Last September, The New York Times reported that Rosenstein had allegedly considered, with the help of Cabinet members, invoking the 25th amendment, which allows officials to remove the president from office when he is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." In addition, Rosenstein also reportedly talked about wearing a secret wire to record conversations with Trump in the White House around the same time.

Baker is currently under criminal investigation for allegedly leaking confidential information to the press. He claimed to the House Judiciary Committee that he did not connect the two conversations, but that the Deputy Attorney General was serious about both.

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