Graham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump

Graham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Press: Justin Amash breaks ranks with party Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that there is a "bureaucratic coup" against President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE

The South Carolina senator made the comments while speaking on "Fox News Sunday" after host Chris Wallace asked if Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinKlobuchar: 'Don't think' there are reasons to investigate Mueller probe's origins Democrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Barr dismisses contempt vote as part of 'political circus' MORE should be fired for allegedly trying to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from the White House.

"He shouldn’t fire Rosenstein unless you believe Rosenstein’s lying; he said he didn't do the things alleged," Graham said. Rosenstein strongly denied the recent New York Times report.

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"But there’s a bureaucratic coup against President Trump being discovered here," Graham added, saying people in the FBI tried to "taint the [2016 presidential] election" and tip it in Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push MORE's favor. 

"I don't know what Rosenstein did, but I know what [Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump accuses Hillary Clinton of 'destroying the lives' of his campaign staffers The Mueller report concludes it was not needed Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators MORE] or [Peter Strzok] and [Lisa Page] did," Graham said, alluding to former FBI officials.

Many conservatives have zeroed in on text messages exchanged between Page and Strzok during the 2016 election as evidence of bias against Trump inside the agency. 

"They tried to destroy this president," Graham said. 

An inspector general report found that the FBI was not affected by bias in its current investigation of Trump and past investigation of Clinton.

"If Rosenstein's involved, he should be fired. If he’s not involved, leave him alone," Graham continued. "But he can’t make that decision. We need a special counsel to look at this. Rosenstein is doing the country a great disservice by not appointing a special counsel to look at all of this."

On Friday, The New York Times reported that Rosenstein proposed secretly recording conversations with the president and discussed the possibility of administration officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Rosenstein has issued multiple statements disputing the reporting of the Times's story.