Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe denied participating in “prolonged” conversations about a proposal to eliminate President Donald Trump’s utilizing the 25 th Modification, his representative stated in a statement Friday.
” Particular declarations made by Mr. McCabe, in interviews associated with the release of his book, have actually been gotten of context and misrepresented,” Melissa Schwartz, a representative for McCabe, stated. “To clarify, at no time did Mr. McCabe take part in any prolonged conversations about using the 25 th Change, nor is he knowledgeable about such discussions.”
” He was present and took part in a discussion that included a remark by Deputy Lawyer General Rosenstein concerning the 25 th Amendment,” the statement continued. “This anecdote was not included in The Danger, Mr. McCabe has simply validated a conversation that was at first reported somewhere else.”
In an interview with60 Minutescorrespondent Scott Pelley, McCabe verified discussions were hung on “whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet might be combined to remove the president of the United States under the 25 th Change.”
“[McCabe] is the very first individual involved in these meetings who has come out and spoken publicly,” Pelley said in a Thursday appearance onCBS This Early Morning.” They were counting noses, they were not asking cabinet members whether they would choose or against eliminating the president, but they were hypothesizing ‘This individual would be with us. That individual would not be …’ and they were counting noses in that effort … This was not perceived to be a joke.”
Pelley said McCabe exposed that Rosenstein not only proposed wearing a wire in meetings with President Trump but went over the concept with attorneys at the FBI. “[McCabe] says no, it came up more than when, and it was so major that he took it to the legal representatives at the FBI to discuss it,” the60 Minutesreporter stated.
McCabe made the remarks to Pelley as part of his interview to promote his soon-to-be-released-bookThe Threat: How the FBI Secures America in the Age of Terror and Trump
The deputy attorney general of the United States has actually rejected he suggested wearing a wire, telling theNew York Timesthat its report on the proposition was “unreliable and factually incorrect.”
” I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are undoubtedly prejudiced versus the department and are advancing their own individual agenda,” Rosenstein informed theTimes” But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal transactions with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25 th Modification.”
A Justice Department spokesperson told the paper that Rosenstein brought up the proposition in a sarcastic fashion.