Limbaugh calls 25th Amendment discussions 'silent coup'

Limbaugh calls 25th Amendment discussions 'silent coup'
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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Sunday decried former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe curious timeline for taking down Trump Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Brendan Gleeson lands Trump role in CBS miniseries based on Comey memoir MORE's comments that Justice Department officials raised a plan to potentially remove President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE from office as a "silent coup," and suggested those involved should be imprisoned.

"We’re losing sight of what happened. People unelected, simply 'cause they don't like a guy's hairstyle or like where he came from, decided the American people’s decision was invalid and began a systematic process to get him thrown out of office," Limbaugh said on "Fox News Sunday."

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"This is a silent coup," he continued. "These guys, if you ask me, ought to be the ones in jail. They ought to be the ones under investigation."

McCabe said in a "60 Minutes" interview set to air Sunday that there were conversations among Justice Department officials raising the possibility of removing Trump via the 25th Amendment, and that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinDemocrats ask judge to force McGahn to comply with subpoena Democrats ask court to force DOJ's hand on Mueller grand jury materials Washington celebrates diplomacy — and baseball — at Meridian Ball MORE had offered to wear a wire around the president.

The Justice Department issued a statement in response reiterating Rosenstein's denial of the claim, which the deputy attorney general called "inaccurate and factually incorrect."

The discussions had previously been reported by The New York Times.

McCabe has since walked back his remarks, with a spokesperson issuing a statement that he did not "participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions." 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman the of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he intends to subpoena McCabe and Rosenstein to testify before the panel about their remarks if they won't agree to do so voluntarily.

Limbaugh on Sunday railed against special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's investigation into the president, and called the Justice Department's actions toward the Trump administration "one of the greatest political hoaxes that has ever been perpetrated on the people of this country certainly in generations."

Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has thus far implicated six former Trump associates and dozens of Russians.