A former Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Andrew McCabe has disclosed that investigation may take place into claims that senior United States government officials discussed whether Donald Trump could be removed from office.
McCabe, who made the claim during an interview with CBS News described a conversation in which Rod Rosenstein, the current Deputy Attorney General had raised the idea of invoking the US Constitution’s 25th Amendment.
Section 4 of the amendment says that in the event a president is incapacitated or unwilling to discharge his duties, the vice president and a ‘majority’ of cabinet members can declare the president incapable.
Although Rosenstein has consistently denied discussing the 25th amendment, Senator Lindsey Graham, the Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee said that if true, the discussion amounted to an attempt at a coup.
“There’s an allegation by the acting FBI director at the time that the Deputy Attorney General was basically trying to do an administrative coup,” Rosenstein said when he featured on CBS’s ‘Face The Nation’ programme.
“To take the president down to the 25th amendment process? The Deputy Attorney General denies it. I promise you viewers the following, that we will have a hearing about who’s telling the truth,” he added.
CBS however says it would broadcast more of the interview on Monday night in which McCabe said that in the days that followed the sacking of his predecessor, Mr Comey, law enforcement officials discussed whether to secretly record a conversation with the president.