Un-elected bureaucrats conspiring to remove the president over vague claims sounds like something from a third-world country, but a stunning report suggests that it happened right here in the United States.
According to a report from Fox News, former FBI attorney James Baker has testified that key members of the Justice Department were assembling allies from President Donald Trump’s own Cabinet to betray the commander in chief and remove him from the presidency.
“Baker, in closed-door testimony to Congress, detailed alleged discussions among senior officials at the Justice Department about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, claiming he was told Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said two Trump Cabinet officials were ‘ready to support’ such an effort,” Fox News explained.
The 25th Amendment to the Constitution permits the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to remove a president’s power if he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
That alleged testimony took place in late 2018 in front of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees. Because it was a closed-door session, only members of those committees know exactly what Baker said, but Fox News stated that they had “confirmed portions of the transcript.”
At the center of the bombshell report are two names which you may recognize: Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page.
McCabe is the now-disgraced former FBI deputy director, who was fired from his position after leaking information to the media, and then lying about it to investigators. Page is the former FBI lawyer who exchanged blatantly anti-Trump text messages with her lover and co-worker, Peter Strzok.
The allegation that our own government was trying to rally Cabinet members to join their crusade against a sitting president is bad enough, but there is also a possibility that the Cabinet members who agreed to turn against Trump are still within his administration.
“I was being told by some combination of Andy McCabe and Lisa Page, that … this was what was related to me — that (Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein) had at least two members of the president’s Cabinet who were ready to support, I guess you would call it, an action under the 25th Amendment,” Baker told members of Congress.
“Baker did not identify the two Cabinet officials,” Fox reported.
That stunning revelation came around the same time Baker testified that Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, allegedly offered to wear a hidden microphone to secretly record the president of the United States.
Rosenstein, not surprisingly, has denied offering to bug the president or that the 25th Amendment option was discussed. However, even left-leaning media outlets including CBS and The New York Times indicated they have confirmed the claims.
“Rosenstein was actually openly talking about whether there was a majority of the cabinet who would vote to remove the president,” CBS journalist Scott Pelley confirmed during an interview with McCabe.
“That’s correct. Counting votes or possible votes,” McCabe replied.
It must be pointed out that Baker himself acknowledges that he wasn’t personally present when the removal or bugging talks took place, but he testified under oath that he was told about the scandalous discussions by FBI members including McCabe and Page.
“I had the impression that the deputy attorney general had already discussed this with two members in the president’s Cabinet and that they were … onboard with this concept already,” Baker said during his sworn congressional testimony. He would face criminal penalties if these statements were proved false.
And McCabe himself appeared to confirm the “coup” during his interview with CBS.
“Discussion of the 25th Amendment was simply, Rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort,” the former deputy director of the FBI told CBS while peddling his book.
So who were the two Cabinet members who were apparently ready to conspire with others to remove a sitting president from power? Baker claimed that he did not know, but there are some strong clues.
Rosenstein “did tell Mr. McCabe that he might be able to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John F. Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security and now the White House chief of staff, to mount an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment,” The New York Times reported in September.
Since that Times report, Sessions has resigned from the attorney general position. Kelly also left the White House early this year.
But without knowing for sure which administration members were “recruited” to support the possible action against Trump, there is still a distinct possibility that current Cabinet members were part of those discussions.
We think of “attempted coups” as more fitting for backward nations like Venezuela than right here at home, yet it’s hard to think of a better word to describe what happened if these stunning claims are even partially accurate.
More and more it seems that the president’s warnings about the “swamp” and the “deep state” were more than just rhetoric. If anything, they were only the tip of the iceberg, and it’s time for the full truth to come out.
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