Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview aired Thursday that he worried that investigations into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice would be shut down after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
According to CBS, which conducted the interview, McCabe said Justice Department officials discussed bringing the Cabinet together to consider using the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
McCabe, a frequent target of Trump's ire, described in the interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that he was greatly alarmed by the possibility that the president "might have won the White House with the aid of the government of Russia." He said he assembled his investigators the day after his boss, Comey, was fired to discuss how to keep the investigations moving forward in the event he was fired or reassigned.
Was this an appropriate course of action for the FBI to pursue or is this a directive that should have come from Congress? How should this uncharted territory involving the 25th amendment be navigated?
With files from the Associated Press.
Laurie L. Levenson, professor of law at Loyola Law School and former federal prosecutor
David M. Shapiro, lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York; former special agent and assistant legal advisor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1985 to 1987)
Luke Hunt, assistant professor of criminal justice at Radford University in Virginia and author of the forthcoming book, “The Retrieval of Liberalism in Policing” (Oxford University Press, 2019; former FBI special agent and supervisory special agent for 7 years