Disgraced former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, has made a stunning admission during an interview on CBS's 60 minutes with Scott Pelley.
To be aired this Sunday, Feb, 17.
In his first interview since being fired McCabe admits that it was he who started the investigations into President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice for his alleged ties to Russia. He also admits to launching counter intelligence investigation for the same reason. He explains his "reasoning" for this in the following excerpt from the interview.
Talking about his interview with McCabe, CBS anchor Scott Pelley on todays edition of "CBS This Morning" said McCabe told him, "There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment."
Pelley added. "These were the eight days from Comey's firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what do with the president,"
What to do with the president?
Jump ahead to 2:48 if you want to skip the lead up and replay of the excerpt above.
For those who are not familiar with the 25th Amendment, it offers a method of removing the president from office if he is deemed unable to "discharge the powers and duties of his office."
I don't read it that way but I am not an expert in constitutional law, or twisting it to say what I want it to say which what I see in my humble opinion.
The 25th amendment has only been invoked 3 times in our history by two presidents and oddly enough all three times involved presidential colons.
Once by Ronald Reagan, and twice by George W Bush who temporarily turned the power of the presidency over to their Vice Presidents while they underwent medical procedures.
It has never been invoked to remove a sitting president from office.
Invoking the 25th amendment to remove a president would require cooperation of the Vice President and the majority of the cabinet though which was a very unlikely scenario. That did not stop the these people from as Pelley put it "counting noses" or speculating who may or may not be with them. Pelley also makes clear when asked, based on his interview; "This was not perceived to be a joke"
That is a conspiracy.
Now remember back in September 2018, The New York Times reported that then U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had in 2017 discussed the 25th Amendment and the possibility of wearing a wire to secretly record President Trump in his office. This would be done in an attempt to gather incriminating evidence that could then later be used against him.
This was of course played down in a released statement that claimed it was said in sarcasm, it was nothing but a joke.
Pelley said this about it in his McCabe interview recount on CBS This Morning. "McCabe in our interview said no, it came up more than once and it was so serious that he took it to the lawyers at the FBI to discuss it."
Of course Rosenstein through a spokesperson denies McCabe's version of these events as "inaccurate and factually incorrect.”
However as pointed out by Scott Pelley when asked about this. "Rod Rosenstein says that he never authorized wearing a wire into the White House. But that's not what we are talking about here, we are talking about discussing whether it was a possibility."
Personally I think that is a pretty important distinction and if it is inaccurate, why the word play?
For any more of McCabe's revelations we will all have to wait for Sunday when CBS airs the entire 60 minutes interview.
Based on what I have heard in the CBS This Morning segment It absolutely sounds to me like these top law dogs were indeed not only discussing, but strategizing an attempted coup against a duly elected President.
Since as pointed out in the CBS This Morning segment that McCabe is the first person who was actually there who has come forward and spoken about what was said. I can not help but wonder if this will prompt an investigation into this crime, or will it as we have seen so many times be swept under the rug and forgotten about.
I will be looking forward the full interview.
In closing we will take a look at President Trumps comments on Twitter after watching the above segment on CBS This Morning.
Oh yeah, and McCabe is also plugging his book during all of this... there is always a book.