Ex-FBI official: Trump's firing of FBI head Comey triggered probe


According to McCabe, in a lengthy interview that aired Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes", Rosenstein brought up the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution, which provides for the removal of a sitting president for incapacity. In a new interview, he describes his actions in the days following the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"It is alarming that there were apparently folks at the highest levels of our government considering whether or not our president is unfit to serve", Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said on "Face the Nation".

"Through good reporting by 60 Minutes, there's an allegation by the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director at the time that the deputy attorney general was basically trying to do an administrative coup, take the president down to the 25th Amendment process".

Mr McCabe also said Mr Rosenstein was openly "counting votes, or possible votes" and that he was "very concerned" about the president "his capacity and about his intent at that point in time".

"I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and that if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they made that decision", he said.

Kelly went on to be Trump's White House chief of staff and retired at the end of past year.

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McCabe's new book, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump", is self-described as "a dramatic and candid account of his career", and details the behind-the-scenes events that unfolded between Trump's election and McCabe's firing.

Graham was responding to comments made by McCabe in an which aired in full Sunday night. "To clarify, at no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions".

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe revealed that he was the one behind the orders to start obstruction of justice and counterintelligence probes into President Trump's connections to Russian Federation after meeting with him about his predecessor James B. Comey, who was sacked.

McCabe told Pelley that he met with Trump in the Oval Office several hours after Comey was sacked.

Discussions over ousting the US President came after Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"I know he's selling a book, and we need to take with a grain of salt maybe what Mr McCabe is telling us".

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The Justice Department's statement also pointed out that McCabe was sacked for what authorities called a lack of candor, calling into question the statements he is making now.

As for McCabe, a grand jury was impaneled past year to consider his case after the Justice Department's inspector general determined that he misled investigators about contacts with a Wall Street Journal reporter, as NPR's Carrie Johnson reported.

The president also charged that McCabe was part of the implementation of the "insurance policy" in case Clinton lost.

"I can't confirm that", he said. He told people close to him that he plans to leave the Justice Department if a new attorney general is confirmed, The Post reported in January.

FILE PHOTO: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe announces the results of the national health care fraud takedown during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., July 13, 2017.

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