Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks

Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Barr threatens tech's prized legal shield Barr has considered resigning over Trump tweets about DOJ: reports MORE (R-S.C.) said Friday that the Senate Judiciary Committee would investigate Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinGraham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation DOJ won't charge former FBI Deputy Director McCabe Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts MORE remarks about an alleged proposal to use the 25th Amendment to remove President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE from office.

Graham, who chairs the Senate panel, sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr saying the committee plans to probe the allegations and offered a two-week deadline for Barr to hand over documents relating to Rosenstein's discussions with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFree Roger Stone Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr Top Republicans back Barr amid criticism over controversial DOJ decisions MORE about the alleged plan.

“The Committee is deeply concerned with these discussions and whether they essentially indicate that two of the highest ranking law enforcement officials in the United States were discussing what amounts to a coup against the President. Accordingly, the Committee plans to conduct oversight into these discussions and related matters,” Graham wrote.

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McCabe alleged last month that senior officials discussed the possibility of removing Trump under the amendment.

McCabe made the explosive comments during a media blitz last month. He later claimed to CBS News in a "60 Minutes" appearance that Rosenstein was taking stock of which Cabinet members could support his efforts to employ the 25th Amendment.

The deputy attorney general has repeatedly denied the allegations, and reports later surfaced that he planned to resign following the allegations. 

Graham said last month that he wanted to bring Rosenstein back to Capitol Hill to testify about the claims.

"Yeah, I would like to know what happened. You're having a conversation about whether or not you're going to invoke the 25th Amendment," Graham said when pressed on whether he would subpoena Rosenstein to testify if he didn't agree to appear before the panel.