McCabe: Yes, We Talked About Removing Trump From Office

Former acting FBI chief says Justice Department considered using 25th Amendment
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2019 10:40 AM CST
In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – Andrew McCabe is having his say. McCabe has been out of the headlines for a while, but he became acting director of the FBI after President Trump fired James Comey—only to be fired himself under heavy criticism from the president. While acting FBI chief, McCabe ramped up the investigations into Trump's ties to Russia, and in a 60 Minutes interview and new book, McCabe is explaining why. The interview airs in full Sunday, but CBS News has offered a peek. Details:

  • Why so fast: McCabe tells Scott Pelley that he met with Trump the day Comey was fired in May 2017 and authorized the Russia investigation just one day later. "I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion," he says. "That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace."
  • The expansion: The FBI already was investigating whether Russia interfered with the election. McCabe ordered the agency also to investigate whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey and whether Trump himself had worked on Russia's behalf, reports the New York Times.
  • Removing him? On CBS This Morning, Pelley said McCabe confirmed in the interview that Justice Department officials talked about recruiting members of the Cabinet to remove Trump as president under the 25th Amendment. "They were counting noses," said Pelley. "They were not asking Cabinet members whether they would vote for or against removing the president, but they were speculating" how individuals would vote. (This part of the interview hasn't been released yet.)

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