Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Mass), a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, on Sunday said that Trump administration officials have a constitutional duty to invoke the 25th Amendment if they believe the president cannot fulfill his job, saying their loyalty should be to "the Constitution" and not to the president.

“My point here is that if they believe that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE cannot fulfill the obligations of his office, then they have a constitutional responsibility to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Warren said during a news conference after a rally in Las Vegas, according to The Nevada Independent.

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“Their loyalty under law is not to him personally. It is to the Constitution of the United States and to the people of United States.”

The comments from Warren came days after CBS aired a segment of an interview with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeAndrew McCabe says Nassar case represents 'worst dereliction of duty' he's seen at FBI Capitol Police warning of potential for violence during rally backing rioters: report McCabe says law enforcement should take upcoming right-wing rally 'very seriously' MORE in which he said top Justice Department officials discussed launching an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment to force Trump out of office following former FBI Director James Comey's firing in May 2017. 

He also said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had offered to wear a wire around the president. 

A spokesperson for McCabe walked back the remarks last week, saying that the former FBI official did not "participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions."

 

The Justice Department also issued a statement reiterating Rosenstein's denial of his offer to wear a wire, which Rosenstein called "inaccurate and factually incorrect."

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday vowed to "get to the bottom" of the alleged Justice Department discussions about the 25th Amendment. 

"It's stunning to me that one of the chief law enforcement officers of the land, the acting head of the FBI, would go on national television and say 'Oh by the way, I remember a conversation with the deputy attorney general about trying to find if we could replace the president under the 25th amendment,' " Graham said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

"We're a democracy. People enforce the law. They can't take it into their own hands. And was this an attempted bureaucratic coup?" 

Warren, a frequent Trump critic, said in a speech in Iowa last week that "by the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president." 

Trump has repeatedly derided Warren during his time in office, often referring to her as "Pocahontas" while taking aim at her past claims of Native American heritage.