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Andrew McCabe Tells 60 Minutes Rod Rosenstein Was NOT Joking About Wearing a Wire With Trump

When it was first reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed surreptitiously recording President Donald Trump amid discussions to remove him from office using the 25th Amendment, the narrative was that his comments were a joke, but a new account from former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe challenges this narrative.

CBS News reporter Scott Pelley said McCabe denied the claim that Rosenstein’s wire idea was a joke during his interview on 60 Minutes.

“It came up more than once and it was so serious that he took it to the lawyers at the FBI to discuss it,” Pelley said, referencing McCabe’s remarks.

At the time, Rosenstein called the New York Times’s report on the 25th Amendment conversations “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”

“I never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false,” he added.

According to NBC News, a senior Justice Department official portrayed the secret recording plan as a passing sarcastic comment — claiming he said something like, “What do you want, you want me to wear a wire?”

However, McCabe’s latest comments suggest Rosenstein’s wire conspiracy went much further than a throwaway line.

The ex-FBI official, who was fired by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions just over a year ago, stressed the seriousness of these spring 2017 discussions among America’s top law enforcement officials.

“There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment,” Pelley said of his interview with McCabe. “These were the eight days from the Comey’s firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed a special counsel, and the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what do with the president.”

After Pelley was asked if the meetings were seen as “a joke,” he replied, “This was not perceived to be a joke.”

McCabe is the first person present at those meetings to publicly come forward and confirm they happened.

Watch the CBS News coverage on McCabe’s comments above.

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