Senator Lindsey Graham is demanding former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testify before the Senate Judiciary committee.
Graham’s demand comes on the heels of McCabe’s admission that the FBI was prepared to stage a coup against Trump.
Real Clear Politics reported that retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz says attempting to use the 25th Amendment to circumvent an election is despicable. Dershowitz appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” to give his take on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s descriptions of Justice Department meetings where he said officials discussed ousting the president.
“If [McCabe’s comments are] true, it is clearly an attempt at a coup d’état,” Dershowitz said.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham wasn’t watching Andrew McCabe’s interview on “60 Minutes” for entertainment purposes.
The Senate Judiciary chairman demanded that the former FBI Deputy Director appear before lawmakers and testify before the committee following a bombshell interview in which he admitted there was a plan being formulated by himself and Justice Department officials in 2017 to “remove” President Donald Trump from office.
“After Mr. McCabe’s 60 Minutes interview, it is imperative that he, and others, come before the Senate judiciary to fully explain how and why a FISA warrant was issued against Carter Page and answer questions about what appears to be, now more than ever, bias against President Trump,” Graham tweeted Thursday.
After Mr. McCabe’s 60 Minutes interview, it is imperative that he, and others, come before @senjudiciary to fully explain how and why a FISA warrant was issued against Carter Page and answer questions about what appears to be, now more than ever, bias against President Trump.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 14, 2019
The South Carolina Republican also wants to see Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein back to testify before lawmakers after McCabe admitted in the CBS interview that the men had thought about invoking the 25th Amendment against the president and that Rosenstein had volunteered to wear a wire in his meetings with Trump.
Graham indicated that he would consider a subpoena if Rosenstein refused to appear before the panel, The Hill reported.
“Yeah, I would like to know what happened. You’re having a conversation about whether or not you’re going to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Graham said. “I imagine if the shoe were on the other foot, my Democratic colleagues would want to know about that conversation if it involved a Democrat. Absolutely, I want to hear from him at the appropriate time.”
McCabe’s remarks were his first public admission in the wake of previous media reports that he had been so worried about Trump’s decision to fire disgraced former FBI Director James Comey in 2017 that discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office had taken place and that McCabe launched an obstruction of justice case to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.
The Justice Department released a statement on Thursday backing Rosenstein’s previous denials and denouncing McCabe’s account in the CBS interview as “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”