Trump calls discussions about removing him "treasonous"




  • In Politics
  • 2019-02-18 16:08:56Z
  • By Jim MANNION
 

Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump said Monday a top Justice official's reported discussions about invoking the Constitution to remove him from office were part of an "illegal and treasonous" push against him.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raised the possibility of removing the president in 2017 after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, according to Andrew McCabe, who replaced Comey as the bureau's acting director.

McCabe and Rosenstein "look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught.....," Trump said in a series of tweets.

"This was the illegal and treasonous 'insurance policy' in full action!"

Trump has often attacked the federal investigations into his campaign's links to Russia as a "witch hunt" aimed at sabotaging his presidency.

The "insurance policy" he cited refers to an ambiguous text message a top FBI investigator sent to his lover in August 2016 that alludes to their concerns about then candidate Trump, which the president often points to as evidence of a "deep state" conspiracy against him.

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he gets elected - but I'm afraid we can't take that risk," the investigator, Peter Strzok, wrote. "It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40."

- Comey firing -

Trump abruptly fired Comey May 9, 2017 as pressure rose over the Russia investigation, setting off alarm bells in the FBI and Justice Department.

According to McCabe, in a lengthy interview that aired Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes," Rosenstein brought up the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution, which provides for the removal of a sitting president for incapacity.

"Rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort," said McCabe, who has a book coming out, "The Threat."

Rosenstein even pondered wearing a wire to secretly record his conversations with the president, he said.

The deputy attorney general, who remains in office but no longer supervises the Russia investigation, appears never to have acted on those ideas.

"But what I can say is the deputy attorney general was definitely very concerned about the president, about his capacity and about his intent at that point in time," McCabe said.

McCabe himself was fired in March 2018 for "lack of candor" in an internal investigation into the FBI's handling of a 2016 probe into Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

In the interview, McCabe also touched on Trump's inclination to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin over what his own intelligence services are telling him.

He recounts a meeting he did not attend but was witnessed by another FBI agent, in which Trump reportedly said he did not believe North Korea had missiles capable of reaching the United States because Putin had told him that.

"Intelligence officials in the briefing responded that that was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses," McCabe said. "To which the president replied, 'I don't care. I believe Putin.'"

COMMENTS

More Related News

Hundreds gather at U.S. Supreme Court to protest state abortion bans as step backward
Hundreds gather at U.S. Supreme Court to protest state abortion bans as step backward

Many of the restrictions are intended to draw legal challenges, which religious conservatives hope will lead the nation's top court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy. "We are not going to allow them to move our country backward," U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, one of the two dozen Democrats running for president, told the crowd through a megaphone. The rally is one of scores scheduled for Tuesday around the country by the American Civil Liberties Union, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and other abortion rights group.

Judge sides with Congress over Trump in demands for records
Judge sides with Congress over Trump in demands for records

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge ruled against President Donald Trump on Monday in a financial records dispute with Congress and said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed. Trump called it a "crazy" decision that his lawyers would appeal.

White House does not need a
White House does not need a 'strongman,' Hickenlooper says in 2020 policy speech
  • US
  • 2019-05-20 18:05:39Z

"I think history clearly demonstrates that when you have a so-called strongman - a dictator - you don't have rule of law," Hickenlooper said when asked at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs if that was a better approach to foreign policy than multilateralism. Hickenlooper said President Donald Trump has "fawned over" North Korea's Kim Jong Un and treated Russia's Vladimir Putin "as his puppet master." The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hickenlooper's address.

Trump says tariffs making companies leave China, a deal can
Trump says tariffs making companies leave China, a deal can't be '50-50'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said his tariffs on Chinese goods are causing companies to move production out of China to Vietnam and other countries in Asia, and added that any agreement with China cannot be a "50-50" deal.

Trump says
Trump says 'Pro-Life' but favors exceptions for rape, incest

President Donald Trump has declared himself "strongly Pro-Life", days after two US states passed tough new restrictions on abortions, but said exceptions should be made for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The US president spelled out his position on abortion -- set to feature prominently

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • datidilar
    (2019-02-25 02:10:29Z)

    Liaising gny.kuwi.dailymagazine.news.kxi.xf being [URL=http://fitnesscabbage.com/accutane-generic/]accutane log[/URL] accutane causes bi-polar http://fitnesscabbage.com/accutane-generic/#how-much-is-generic-accutane accutane generic [URL=http://columbiainnastoria.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/]cialis 20mg[/URL] cialis generic http://columbiainnastoria.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/#cialis-coupon tadalafil [URL=http://buckeyejeeps.com/buy-prednisone/]20 mg prednisone[/URL] prednisone 20 mg side effects http://buckeyejeeps.com/buy-prednisone/#prednisone-10-mg-dose-pack prednisone without a prescription [URL=http://buckeyejeeps.com/cialis-com/]cialis.com[/URL] cialis http://buckeyejeeps.com/cialis-com/#cialis cialis 20 mg [URL=http://fitnesscabbage.com/levitra-online/]levitra from india[/URL] levitra online http://fitnesscabbage.com/levitra-online/#cheap-levitra buy levitra cheap [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-pills/]cialis[/URL] cialis 5 mg http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-pills/#cheap-cialis cheap cialis arteriopathy itself.

    REPLY

Top News: Politics

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.