Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee came out swinging when the topic of a possible “administrative coup” surfaced on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Host Margaret Brennan asked Graham for his take on the 60 Minutes Scott Pelley interview with former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. In that interview, McCabe claimed he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed the possibility of using the 25thAmendment to remove President Trump from office.
Most telling was the flippant way McCabe referred to such an action during the 60 Minutes interview. Pelley asked McCabe how Rosenstein brought up the 25th to which he replied, “Honestly I don’t remember. He– it was just another kind of topic that he jumped to in the midst of- of- of a wide ranging conversation.”
When Brennan asked Senator Graham if he intended to subpoena McCabe and Rosenstein about the matter he retorted, “How can I not… [McCabe] … made an accusation that floors me. … I can imagine … we were talking about getting rid of President Clinton, it’d be front page news all over the world. Well, we’re going to find out what happened here and the only way I know to find out is to call the people in under oath and find out, through questioning, who’s telling the truth because the underlying accusation is beyond stunning.”
Brennan tried to defend McCabe and Rosenstein saying to Graham, “But you recognize there that McCabe is laying out the- the grounds of what he saw as an obstruction of justice attempt.”
Graham was quick to assert that a number at the very top of the FBI and justice department has a distinct political agenda driven by political bias. He then cut straight to the point saying, “People that enforce the law — can’t take it into their own hands. And was this an attempted bureaucratic coup?”
Senator Graham answered his own question by first reminding viewers that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe at the recommendation of The Department of Justice’s inspector general. McCabe was fired for lying about leaking among other things.
Rosenstein has, in turn, denied McCabe’s claims about their conversation. He claims the subject of the 25th and possibly wearing a wire into the Oval Office he brought up were done so as a sarcastic jest. McCabe, on the other hand, claimed during his 60 Minutes interview, the topics were seriously discussed.
For months now Rosenstein has rebuffed every request from Congress to testify about allegations of insubordination within the White House. Now leaving the Justice Department, Rosenstein is not off the hook as far as Graham is concerned.
“I don’t know who’s telling the truth. I know Rosenstein vehemently denied it, but we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” said Graham.
The discussion McCabe claims to have had with Rosenstein occurred during the tumultuous eight days after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. The New York Times first reported in September 2018 that Rosenstein talked of wearing a wire and a possible inquiry into invoking the 25th Amendment.
These were the eight days from Comey’s firing to the point that which Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel. At the highest levels of American law enforcement, Deep State agents were trying to figure out if they had enough support to get rid of the president.
Graham reminded viewers that the 25th Amendment was not added to the Constitution for the purpose of removing a President one disagrees with.
Graham vowed he intends to press the matter about McCabe and Rosenstein. Hopefully, that will include asking questions the mainstream media refuses to. Questions such as:
- Why did McCabe meet with Page and Strzokto discuss their hatred for then-candidate Trump and talk about an “insurance policy” in case the election went against Clinton?
- Isn’t it odd that the dossier used to gain a warrant against Carter Page and kick of the Trump/Russia collusion narrative was prepared by a foreign agent, paid for by the Democratic Party when its leadership knew the document to be unreliable?
- Why does a discredited narrative about the President continue to have life while credible and verifiable evidence of what Graham referred to as an “administrative coup” is buried by the media?
Sorry Mr. Rosenstein, something as serious as even talking about the 25th Amendment is not a joke. It shows there are members of government that think they know better than the American people—and that strikes at the very heart of our republic.