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 McCabeMcCabe accuses Trump officials of withholding evidence in lawsuit over firing McCabe: Being accused of treason by Trump 'quite honestly terrifying' Horowitz report is damning for the FBI and unsettling for the rest of us MORE's comments that Justice Department officials raised a plan to potentially remove President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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 RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' 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 GrahamWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Hypocrisy is the currency of the realm for GOP in the age of Trump Lawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown 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 MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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.