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Graham: Senate Will Probe 'Stunning' McCabe Claim

He denounces 'attempted bureaucratic coup'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2019 2:34 AM CST

(Newser) – Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham has promised a Senate investigation of former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe's "beyond stunning" claim that officials discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. Graham, a Republican, said that if they wouldn't testify voluntarily, he would subpoena McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to explain what he called "an attempted bureaucratic coup," USA Today reports. In a 60 Minutes interview that aired in full Sunday night, McCabe said Rosenstein had raised the 25th Amendment in a discussion soon after the May 2017 firing of former FBI director James Comey. Rosenstein has denied discussing the issue.

"I think everybody in the country needs to know if it happened," Graham said. McCabe—who was fired in March—also told 60 Minutes that Rosenstein had "offered to wear a wire" during a discussion of Russian connections and the Comey firing, the Washington Post reports. "He said, ‘I never get searched when I go into the White House. I could easily wear a recording device. They wouldn’t know it was there,’” McCabe said. "He was not joking." McCabe says the investigation that became the Robert Mueller probe was opened because investigators wondered if there was an "inappropriate relationship, a connection between this president and our most fearsome enemy, the government of Russia." (Read more Andrew McCabe stories.)

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