This week, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe admitted to “60 Minutes” that there were several high-level discussions about bringing Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of Trump administration cabinet members together for a 25th Amendment plot against the president. In the wake of James Comey’s firing, said McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and others were trying to use this emergency clause in the Constitution to oust Trump by declaring him unfit for office. While McCabe did not elaborate on how far this plot went, we do have another source that says that two cabinet officials were on board with the scheme.
That source is none other than former head lawyer for the FBI, James Baker. In testimony to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees last fall, Baker confirmed that two unnamed cabinet officials were “ready to support” the effort to push the duly-elected president out of the Oval Office. Baker said that both McCabe and infamous FBI lawyer Lisa Page came to him shortly after Comey’s firing to relay the news of the ongoing discussions.
“I was being told by some combination of Andy McCabe and Lisa Page, that, in a conversation with the Deputy Attorney General, he had stated that he — this was what was related to me — that he had at least two members of the president’s Cabinet who were ready to support, I guess you would call it, an action under the 25th Amendment,” Baker testified.
According to Fox News, officials at the Justice Department supposedly involved in these discussions would not comment for the record.
In his testimony, Baker had only praise for McCabe’s short stint as Acting Director of the FBI.
“At this point in time, Andy was unbelievably focused and unbelievably confident and squared away,” he said. “I don’t know how to describe it other than I was extremely proud to be around him at that point in time because I thought he was doing an excellent job at maintaining focus and dealing with a very uncertain and difficult situation. So I think he was in a good state of mind at this point in time.”
Well, we’ll agree to disagree about that, but then again, when others in the administration are plotting an actual coup to take down the president, we suppose McCabe might have looked somewhat professional by comparison. Of course, then again, we don’t know whether or not McCabe was an encouraging part of those discussions. He probably was.
That leaves one big question on the table: Which two Trump cabinet members thought it was a swell idea to usurp democracy and throw the president out of office? Are they still there, or have they been thrown out of office themselves?
Oh, and one other question: Why the hell does Rod Rosenstein still have a job?