WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham asked the Department of Justice on Friday to provide documents related to reported discussions of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
“The committee is deeply concerned with these discussions and whether they essentially indicate that two of the highest ranking law enforcement officials in the United States were discussing what amounts to a coup against the president,” Graham (R-S.C.) wrote in a letter to Attorney General William Barr.
He added: “Accordingly, the Committee plans to conduct oversight into these discussions and related matters.”
Graham asked that the documents be provided by March 29.
Politico first reported the request.
The New York Times reported the alleged discussions last year. They are said to have taken place in the spring of 2017 and involved Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Rosenstein told McCabe that he believed he could get then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to sign on to a document to invoke presidential incapacitation, according to the Times.
Rosenstein reportedly offered to wear a wire to secretly record Trump.
The support of the vice president and the majority of the cabinet is required for the amendment to be invoked.
Rosenstein has said the Times report is “factually inaccurate.”
Trump fired McCabe last March after an inspector general report recommended his dismissal. A subsequent IG report found that McCabe did not fully comply with his recusal from the Bureau’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation. McCabe is accused of lying to investigators about media leaks regarding the 2016 investigation.
Trump had long questioned McCabe’s ability to be impartial in the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe. McCabe’s wife, Jill, is a former Virginia State Senate candidate and a political ally of Hillary Clinton.
McCabe said in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired in February that Rosenstein was “not joking” about the plan to wear a wire.