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

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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general Graham demands testimony from former FBI acting Director McCabe MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that there is a "bureaucratic coup" against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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 RosensteinGraham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears 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 ClintonO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race MORE's favor. 

"I don't know what Rosenstein did, but I know what [Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' McCabe book: Trump pushed back on officials using Putin claim that North Korea couldn't fire long-range missiles Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview 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.