Last week, former acting director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, admitted that he plotted to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump to remove him from office. A majority of Americans think that is criminal.
As IJR previously reported, McCabe told “60 Minutes” host Scott Pelley that he and other members of the Department of Justice (DOJ) considered the possible avenues to remove Trump from office under the 25th Amendment.
.@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
“The highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what to do with the president,” Pelley explained, later adding, “They were counting noses. They were not asking cabinet members whether they would vote for or against removing the president, but they were speculating — this person would be with us, that person would not be.”
This comment received a wave of backlash against McCabe. Former FBI officials called it an “embarrassment” and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) even questioned if it qualified as an “attempted bureaucratic coup.”
According to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports, a majority of Americans believe the actions described by McCabe are criminal.
Rasmussen asked likely voters if they believed “senior federal law enforcement officials are likely to have broken the law in their discussions in May 2017 to oust Trump.”
The poll found that 56 percent of respondents believed it was likely McCabe and company broke the law while plotting their Trump ouster. Thirty-seven percent said they think it’s “very likely” they broke the law.
Just 36 percent of likely voters think it’s unlikely that the law was broken during the alleged 25th Amendment talks.
A similar breakdown held when respondents were asked if they think a special counsel should be appointed to investigate McCabe’s claims. Fifty-one percent agree that a special counsel investigation is necessary while 38 percent do not.
When it comes to a punishment for the supposed crime, a quarter of American voters believe some jail time is an appropriate response.
Although it isn’t clear if a special counsel will be appointed to look into McCabe’s allegations, Sen. Graham has promised an investigation from the Senate.