Former FBI senior attorney James Baker reported in a closed statement to Congress that alleged discussions between high-level Justice Department officials on the call for the 25th additional motion to dismiss President Trump had left office. He said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said two representatives of the Trump Cabinet were ready to support such an effort.
The testimony was submitted to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committee last fall. Fox News has confirmed parts of the protocol. There is additional insights into discussions that were back in the limelight in Washington when FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reiterated the matter in interviews to promote his upcoming book.
"I was told by a combination of Andy McCabe and Lisa Page that in a conversation with the Deputy Prosecutor General he had stated that he – that was what was related to me – said that he had at least two members Cabinet of the President, who were ready to support. I think you would call it an action under the 25th amendment, "Baker told the committees.
The 25th amendment provides for a mechanism to remove an incumbent president from office, which could be the case, for example. If a majority of the President's Cabinet says the President is unable to fulfill his duties.
Rosenstein, who is still working in the Ministry of Justice but will be leaving in the near future, has since denied the claims
Fox News asked for more information from the parties involved, and Baker and McCabe lawyers refused to comment, as did an FBI spokesman.
In his testimony, Baker said of McCabe's state of mind: "Andy was incredibly focused and incredibly confident at the time, and I do not know how to describe it except that I was very proud Being with him at this time, because I thought he did a great job keeping the focus and coping with a very uncertain and difficult situation. I think he was in good shape at the time.
The testimony for which they impose criminal sanctions if the witness lied to congressional investigators comes as McCabe, who was released last year. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has discussed the alleged gatherings as he promotes his upcoming book.
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On Thursday, the Department of Justice issued a statement stating that Rosenstein McCabe had dismissed reciting these events as "inaccurate and factually incorrect." She also denied that Rosenstein had ever worn a "cable" to record Trump.
"The Assistant Attorney General has never authorized a record to which Mr. McCabe refers," the statement said. As the Deputy Prosecutor General has previously stated on the basis of his personal relations with the President, there is no basis for claiming the 25th amendment and DAG was also unable to consider using the 25th Amendment . "
During his testimony, Baker admitted that he was not directly involved in the talks in May 2017, but said over a period of two days in October that McCabe and Page came to him at the same time after meeting with Rosenstein had to communicate in the days after Comey was dismissed by the President.  STRZOK-PAGE TEXTS INVITING "OPEN" CASE IN "CHARGEABLE WAY" UNDER FRESH PHRASES
As Fox News has already reported, the eight days in May 2017 were between Comey's shelling and the appointment of a special lawyer Robert Mueller considered major turning point in the Russia probe, which also examined whether the president obstructed the judiciary.
"I had the impression that the Deputy Prosecutor General had already discussed this with two people – members of the President's Cabinet and that they were already on board with this concept," Baker said.
During the hearing before the The former FBI lawyer told the legislature that he could not tell if Rosenstein wanted to take the initiative to work with Cabinet members:
Question: "Do you know which direction it was?" Rosenstein, who was looking for members of the Cabinet who sought that approach of the 25th Amendment, or was it the other way around? "Baker
" I remember that the Deputy Attorney General had two members of the Cabinet, so he – like I did not know, but … "
Question: " So he had two members, almost as if he took the initiative and won the members?
Baker "That would be speculation on my part."
Baker also said that he did not know the names of the cabinet members.
"Lisa and Andy did not tell me, and my impression was that they were they themselves did not know," he said.
But when the New York Times broke the story in September, she reported that Rosenstein was facing McCabe said that he might convince then Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then Homeland Security Secretary, and later the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, headed the 25th subamendment.
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On Thursday, Supreme Republicans Show House and Senate Judiciary Committees demanding that McCabe and Rosenstein testify to this testimony The respective panels follow the comments von McCabe on these discussions Rosenstein did not appear for testimony from Capitol Hill to clarify these discussions, even though Republicans have passed in a majority owned by legislators.
On Friday, a McCabe spokeswoman responded to media coverage of his upcoming 60-minute interview.  "Certain statements made by Mr. McCabe in interviews related to the publication of his book were taken out of context and misrepresented," the spokeswoman said. "In order to clarify, Mr. McCabe has never participated in lengthy discussions on the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussion."
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Fox News reported on the basis of a source attending the meeting that Rosenstein's "wire" comments were considered "sarcastic." But Baker testified that this was taken seriously.
Baker testified in October that the alleged discussions were taking place at an uncertain and worrying time e at the FBI and DOJ after Comey's dismissal and that the mood was "pretty dark":
Question: "Do people have you tells that the DAG (Deputy Attorney General) was upset? "
Question: "Did they tell you that he was joking?"
Question: "Did they tell you that …"
Baker: "It was not a joke, it was pretty dark."
In October, the FBI's senior lawyer described it Sally Moyer, who sometimes works with Page to work with Page, Page's private reaction to the claim that Rosenstein's comments are sarcastic.
] "It was when the news of the interception and position of the Department and what they said happened, and pointed out that they did not believe they were telling the truth, "Moyer said.
Also during the testimony of Moyer Laut, the transcripts acknowledged by Fox News are the odds Just received a "50/50" warning order for the 2016 Trump campaign helper without the controversial anti-Trump dossier.
Moyer's statement seems to underline the criticality of the dossier – funded by the Democratic Party campaign Clinto n – Has been concerned with the issuing of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant and seems to contradict the democratic claims that the d 'Ossier played a limited role.
Asked if the FBI would have been able to find a probable cause if the petition "did not contain the information of Christopher Steele," Moyer replied, "I think it's a close call like 50/50, 51/49. I really believe that it is a close conversation. "