WALKBACK

McCabe: 25th Amendment Story Was ‘Taken Out of Context’

A spokesman for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe issued a statement Friday contradicting recent reports that Justice Department officials had extensive discussions about impeaching President Trump after James Comey was fired. “Certain statements made by Mr. McCabe, in interviews associated with the release of his book, have been taken out of context and misrepresented,” the statement said, according to a tweet from NBC News correspondent Geoff Bennett. “To clarify, at no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of such discussions.” The statement acknowledged that McCabe “was present and participated in a discussion that included a comment by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein regarding the 25th Amendment,” but noted that he “merely confirmed a discussion that was already reported elsewhere.”

The statement came a day after CBS News correspondent Scott Pelley told CBS This Morning that McCabe had told 60 Minutes that in the eight days after Comey was fired, “There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment.”