Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, fired last year after lying and leaking confidential information, disclosed in a “60 Minutes” interview that he launched an obstruction investigation into President Trump.
And he told CBS News that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s offer to “wear a wire” to trap the president was genuine.
McCabe, the Hill reports, told Scott Pelley that DOJ officials discussed removing the president under the 25th Amendment, which provides a constitutional process should a president become disabled.
McCabe is promoting his new book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.”
Pelley, appearing on “CBS This Morning” Thursday to discuss the interview, said McCabe told him Justice Department officials were trying to figure out “what to do” with Trump during the eight days between the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Pelley said: “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. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what to do with the president.”
There also were “multiple” offers from Rosenstein to wear a recording device while talking with the president, he claimed.
Pelley said McCabe took Rosenstein’s offer seriously, and “he took it to the lawyers at the FBI to discuss it.”