Former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe admitted to “60 Minutes” host Scott Pelley that the Department of Justice (DOJ) considered invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
When President Trump entered office, McCabe was serving as Deputy Director of the FBI under James Comey. McCabe explained that in the weeks following Comey’s firing by Trump, the DOJ strategized a removal of the president from office.
McCabe’s interview is set to air Sunday morning, but Pelley detailed McCabe’s statements during an interview on “CBS This Morning.”
.@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 most illuminating and surprising thing in the interview to me were these eight days in May when all of these things were happening behind the scenes that the American people didn’t really know about. 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.”
Pelley noted that these alleged talks within the DOJ occurred in the window of time between Comey’s firing and the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to the Russian probe.
“The highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what to do with the president,” said Pelley, 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.”
There have been rumors that these meetings occurred, but McCabe is the only official to be on the record to confirm the conversation took place. The closest person to almost go on the record about the 25th Amendment talks was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but he denied that the talks were serious.
Pelley reported that McCabe disagreed, noting, “This was not perceived to be a joke.”
Many people were outraged to hear that the members of the DOJ were looking to remove a democratically elected president. Some even claimed this equated an attempted “deep state” coup:
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) February 14, 2019
Happy Valentine's Day… Andrew McCabe confirms there was in fact a deep state coup against Trump. https://t.co/wpQCCcKCi5
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 14, 2019
McCabe abruptly left the FBI in January 2018. His replacement, current FBI Director Christopher Wrey, was nominated by President Trump brought in a mostly new team after McCabe’s exit.