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 GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Democrats should rise above and unify against Trump's tweets US-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' MORE (R-S.C.) said Friday that the Senate Judiciary Committee would investigate Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinKey numbers to know for Mueller's testimony 10 questions for Robert Mueller What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much MORE remarks about an alleged proposal to use the 25th Amendment to remove President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' 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 McCabeMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Feds gone wild: DOJ's stunning inability to prosecute its own bad actors Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' 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.