FLASH: Rosenstein cited 2 people who might have pursued President Trump’s ouster
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Thursday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told him he knew of 2 Cabinet members who might support invoking the 25th Amendment to oust President Donald Trump but he did not believe Mr. Rosenstein was actively seeking support for such a bold move.
Disgraced and sacked McCabe, speaking to reporters to promote his book “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terrorism and Trump,” said he could not recall which 2 Cabinet members Rosenstein mentioned without access to memos of the Y 2017 conversation.
“I at no time got the impression that he had actually sought support or talked to those people about it,” Mr. McCabe said. “It was simply Rod thinking off the Top of his head – this is a thing that could be done.”
In September the New York Times reported that John Kelly, who served as President Trump’s Chief of Staff, and Jeff Sessions, who President Trump dismissed as US Attorney General, might be persuaded to invoke the 25th Amendment. The amendment outlines how a President can be removed by the Vice President and Cabinet members if deemed unable to carry out the duties of the office.
Late Thursday, a Justice Department spokeswoman pointed to a department statement from last week that said based on Mr. Rosenstein’s interactions with President Trump, “there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment” and that Mr. Rosenstein as Deputy US Attorney General was not in a position to do so.
Mr. Rosenstein is expected to depart the Justice Department in mid-March.