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“This was an illegal coup attempt on the President of the United States.” Dan Bongino on @foxandfriends True!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2019
Trump was referring to the news of the week, that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein possibly discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
According to a report over the weekend, two cabinet members were also on board with the idea.
While using a constitutionally approved process to remove a president is not really a coup, that didn’t stop the president from lashing out at the men reportedly behind the idea.
“Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught…..” Trump wrote in a series of tweets. “….There is a lot of explaining to do to the millions of people who had just elected a president who they really like and who has done a great job for them with the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more. This was the illegal and treasonous ‘insurance policy’ in full action!”
Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2019
....There is a lot of explaining to do to the millions of people who had just elected a president who they really like and who has done a great job for them with the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more. This was the illegal and treasonous “insurance policy” in full action!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2019
McCabe—who has been making the rounds to promote his book The Threat—was fired by Sessions just one day from his retirement, keeping him from receiving full benefits. Rosenstein had taken over the role of overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation after Sessions recused himself.
The former deputy director of the FBI told CBS in an interview that the people within the Justice Department considered using the 25th Amendment to oust the president from office after he fired former FBI Director James Comey in the summer of 2017.
However, McCabe’s spokesperson said he did not “participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment,” and that he was “present and participated in a discussion that included a comment by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein regarding the 25th Amendment.”
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).