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

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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBrunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Saudi Arabia, Turkey to form joint investigation into Khashoggi disappearance Democrats must end mob rule MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that there is a "bureaucratic coup" against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE

The South Carolina senator made the comments while speaking on "Fox News Sunday" after host Chris Wallace asked if Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinThree reasons Mueller may not charge Trump with obstruction Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor 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 ClintonHillary Clinton on if Bill should’ve resigned over Lewinsky scandal: ‘Absolutely not’ Electoral battle for Hispanics intensifies in Florida Trump adds campaign stops for Senate candidates in Montana, Arizona, Nevada MORE's favor. 

"I don't know what Rosenstein did, but I know what [Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeClinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself McCabe concerned about 'unfair treatment' after book release delayed by FBI MORE] or [Peter Strzok] and [Lisa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.