Not only did the “Gang of Eight” know that Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe were plotting a coup against a sitting president, Judicial Watch has announced that it has filed a lawsuit to get to the bottom of the treasonous attempt.
According to statements made by former acting FBI Director McCabe, top Justice Department officials considered asking Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump in order to remove him from office.
McCabe said Tuesday “that none of the top eight congressional leaders objected when he briefed them in 2017 on the bureau’s decision to open a counterintelligence investigation.”
“The purpose of the briefing was to let our congressional leadership know exactly what we’d been doing,” McCabe claimed.
“And I told Congress what we had done,” he said.
“No one objected,” he added in the interview. “Not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds and not based on the facts.”
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The group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for all records of communication of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the Office of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, or the Office of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussing how to remove President Trump from office based on ‘unfitness.’
“Additionally, the lawsuit seeks all recordings made by any official in the Office of the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General of meetings in the Executive Office of the President or Vice President.
“The suit was filed after the Justice Department failed to respond to three separate FOIA requests dated September 21, 2018 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00388)). The lawsuit seeks all written and audio/visual records of any FBI/DOJ discussions regarding the 25th Amendment and plans to secretly record President Trump in the Oval Office.”
President Trump recently tweeted: “The biggest abuse of power and corruption scandal in our history, and it’s much worse than we thought. Andrew McCabe (FBI) admitted to plotting a coup (government overthrow) when he was serving in the FBI, before he was fired for lying & leaking.”
“It is no surprise that we are facing an immense cover-up of senior FBI and DOJ leadership discussions to pursue a seditious coup against President Trump,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This effort to overthrow President Trump is a fundamental threat to our constitutional republic so Judicial Watch will do everything it can in the courts to expose everything possible about this lawlessness.”
The “Gang of Eight” included, at the time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), then-Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Rosenstein has denied that he was involved with the plot, or that he suggested wearing a wire to entrap the president for the coup, saying McCabe’s claim is “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”
McCabe later walked back his remarks, with a spokesperson issuing a statement that he did not “participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham vowed to conduct oversight over “those who watch us.”
“It’s one of the most significant moments in American history if it’s true,” Graham said. “You had the acting head of the FBI talking to the deputy attorney general about replacing the president. So what I’ll do — oversight is part of my job. We do have checks and balances, so the Congress will watch those who watch us. I’ll try to find out who was in these meetings and talk to all of them, and figure out who is lying because somebody’s lying.”
Many people agree. They want to know who’s lying too, who tried to oust a sitting president, and why the government has repeatedly denied requests under the FOIA law.