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 GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE (R-S.C.) said Friday that the Senate Judiciary Committee would investigate Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE remarks about an alleged proposal to use the 25th Amendment to remove President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? 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 McCabeThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe 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.