FAST FIVE: Two Trump Cabinet Officials Were "Ready To Support" 25th Amendment 'Coup' As Rosenstein Tallied Votes
It provides additional insight into discussions that have returned to the spotlight in Washington as fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe revisits the matter during interviews promoting his forthcoming book.
-Fox News While Baker did not identify the two Cabinet officials, he says that McCabe and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page approached him to relay their conversations with Rosenstein, including their discussions of the 25th Amendment scheme. “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 told the Congressional committees. The 25th Amendment allows for the removal of a sitting president from office through various mechanisms – including the majority of a president's Cabinet agreeing that the commander-in-chief is incapable of performing his duties. Rosenstein – who is slated to leave the Justice Department in the near future, has denied the claims. Former FBI General Counsel James A.
Comey as FBI director. At the time, Rosenstein disputed the reporting.
On Friday a spokeswoman for the former Deputy Director said: “Certain statements made by Mr McCabe, in interviews associated with the release of his book, have been taken out of context and misrepresented,” adding “To clarify, at no time did Mr McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions.” Baker acknowledged during his testimony that he was not directly involved in the May 2017 discussions, rather, McCabe and Page approached him contemporaneously following a meeting with Rosenstein in the days following former FBI Director James Comey's firing. “I had the impression that the deputy attorney general had already discussed this with two members in the president's Cabinet and that they were-onboard with this concept already,” said Baker. Question: “Do you know what direction that went.
Was it Mr Rosenstein seeking out members of the Cabinet looking to pursue this 25th Amendment approach or was it the other way around?” Baker: “What I recall being said was that the Deputy Attorney General had two members of the Cabinet. So he – how they came to be had, I don't know, but-” Question: “So he had two members, almost like he was taking the initiative and getting the members?” Baker: “That would be speculation on my part.” -Via Fox News Baker also suggested that “Lisa and Andy” did not know the names of the Cabinet officials who were on board with the 25th Amendment scheme. Baker testified in October that the alleged discussions took place during an uncertain and anxious time at the FBI and DOJ after Comey's termination, and that the mood was “pretty dark”: Question: “Did people tell you that the DAG (Deputy Attorney General) was upset?” Baker: “Yes.” Question: “Did they tell you that he was making jokes?” Baker: “No.” Question: “Did they tell you that…” Baker: “This was not a joking sort of time. This was pretty dark.” -Via Fox News Pretty dark indeed. .