A spokesperson for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein pushed back against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s statements Thursday, labeling McCabe’s “recitation of events as inaccurate and factually incorrect,” Early Thursday morning, CBS correspondent Scott Pelley reported McCabe had said in a 60 Minutes interview that he and some members of the Justice Department had considered attempting to impeach Trump via the 25th Amendment after he fired James Comey.
“As to the specific portions of this interview provided to the Department of Justice by 60 Minutes in advance, the Deputy Attorney General again rejects Mr. McCabe’s recitation of events as inaccurate and factually incorrect,” the statement says, according to a tweet from CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto. “The deputy attorney general never authorized any recording that Mr. McCabe references,” the statement claims—although, notably, it doesn’t address McCabe’s claim that Rosenstein considered wearing a wire. The statement also denies that there is a basis for invoking the 25th Amendment, but neglects to say whether Rosenstein participated in McCabe’s alleged conversations on the topic. The statement also took shots at McCabe, noting that he was removed from the special counsel’s investigation and subsequently fired from the FBI after an inspector general report determined that he lied on multiple occasions.