A spokeswoman for former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe denied that he ever suggested that the Department of Justice had considered the likelihood of President Donald Trump's own Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. CBS News had first reported Thursday that McCabe had made that claim.
What did CBS News report?
During a preview for CBS "60 Minutes" on "CBS This Morning" Thursday, CBS anchor Scott Pelley said McCabe had said "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 clarified that the DOJ had not specifically asked Cabinet members whether or not they would support such an endeavor, but that "they were speculating, this person would be with us, that person would not be, and they were counting noses in that effort."
The Department of Justice put out a statement the same day denying that any such thing had ever happened.
McCabe was fired on March 16 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions
What did McCabe's spokeswoman say?
On Friday, McCabe spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz released a statement that said:
Certain statements made by Mr. McCabe, in interviews associated with the release of his book, have been taken out of context and misrepresented. 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. He was present and participated in a discussion that included a comment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein regarding the 25th Amendment. This anecdote was not included in 'The Threat,' Mr. McCabe merely confirmed a discussion that was initially reported elsewhere.