Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said Sunday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "offered to wear a wire into the White House", resurfacing one of the most controversial and disputed episodes of the Justice official's tenure.
McCabe told CBS - but did not write in the book - that invoking the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove Trump was raised by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after FBI Director James Comey was sacked on May 9, 2017. "He was sacked for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged".
McCabe relates how Rosenstein brought up the possibility of wearing a wire to eke out information from Trump about Russian Federation obstruction and especially firing Comey.
"But what I can say is the deputy attorney general was definitely very concerned about the president, about his capacity and about his intent at that point in time", McCabe said.
Trump tore into McCabe on Twitter on Thursday morning after the former law enforcement official lifted the lid on conversations to oust the sitting president.
During the 60 Minutes interview yesterday, McCabe said revealed Rosenstein was discussing invoking the Constitution's 25th Amendment, which allows Cabinet members to seek the removal of a president if they conclude that he or she is mentally unfit.
Trump seethed on Twitter over the comments, calling McCabe a liar before lashing out at top DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, including ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for what he described as a "deranged" plan.
Earlier, McCabe said that during his tenure as the FBI acting director, he ordered to carry out two investigations related to Trump - one in response to the claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election, and another one related to the potential obstruction of justice by the current president.
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McCabe was sacked from the Justice Department previous year after being accused of misleading investigators during an internal probe into a news media disclosure.
He also retweeted Fox News commentators who said what McCabe and others did (considering invoking the 25th amendment) amounted to an "illegal coup attempt" against the President.
"Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a "poor little Angel" when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax - a puppet for Leakin" James Comey.
Referring to the inspector general's investigation, McCabe said, "I don't believe they were independent or fair in the process of this investigation or in its result".
A source told the BBC at the time that Mr Rosenstein's comment "was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president". To spend that time and effort and energy and that we all do in the intelligence community to produce products that will help decision-makers - and the ultimate decision-maker, the President of the United States - make policy decisions.
"I don't know who's telling the truth", he said.
Mr McCabe has denied having intentionally lied and said on Sunday that he believes his sacking was politically motivated.