Rosenstein didn't step into the job of being Deputy Attorney General until April 25, 2017; that's the biggest problem with the narrative that McCabe is trying to push.
"To clarify, at no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions", she continued.
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe went "all in" against current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during an interview with CBS News's Scott Pelley on the network's "60 Minutes" show on the night of February 17. "At no time did I ever perceive that there was a legitimate effort underway by Rod [Rosenstein] or anybody else to remove the president under the 25th Amendment or in any other way", he said.
"I know he's selling a book, and we need to take with a grain of salt maybe what Mr. McCabe is telling us", Graham, who said he was prepared to issue subpoenas, told CBS's Face the Nation. The Justice Department again pushed back in a statement late last week. "The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the vice president and senior officials think the president can't do his job".
President Donald Trump has certainly not been afraid to speak out against Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but a former aide to ex-FBI director James Comey said that what Trump hasn't said speaks volumes.
As for McCabe, a grand jury was impaneled past year to consider his case after the Justice Department's inspector general determined that he misled investigators about contacts with a Wall Street Journal reporter, as NPR's Carrie Johnson reported.
McCabe responded by explaining that he believes he was sacked for opening an investigation into the president.
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Guthrie also asked McCabe why people should believe him after reportedly being fired for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"To lose", Trump said, according to McCabe's account.
Even after the investigation was launched, McCabe said the President continued to praise Russia, and described an instance where Trump said he trusted Russian President Vladimir Putin in blatant contradiction with U.S. intelligence. His departure had been anticipated with the confirmation of William Barr as attorney general.
"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he gets elected - but I'm afraid we can't take that risk", the investigator, Peter Strzok, wrote. I could easily wear a recording device.
To hear McCabe tell it, he was nearly a passive bystander throughout these conversations about bugging the president or invoking the 25th to remove him from office, not really contributing anything and just watching Rosenstein throw out his ideas. Critics also pointed out that he himself hired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Deputy Rod Rosenstein (who still works in the Justice Department) after boasting "I hire the best people". Remember, the case against McCabe depends heavily on Comey's own recollection of a conversation they had.
"I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and won the election for the presidency and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russian Federation, our most formidable adversary on the world stage", McCabe said.