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Graham vows probe after McCabe interview on Trump

The chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee has vowed to get to the bottom of allegations that discussions were held in 2017 on removing President Donald Trump from office.

Senator Lindsey Graham pledged to issue subpoenas “if that’s what it takes”.

Ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe has said deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein discussed the numbers needed to invoke the 25th Amendment.

Mr Rosenstein has in the past denied discussing invoking the clause.

The 25th Amendment provides for the removal of a president if deemed unfit.

Mr Graham’s pledge comes after Mr McCabe appeared on the 60 Minutes show on CBS in the US on Sunday.

In the interview, Mr McCabe also said that:

  • The FBI “had reason to investigate” the president’s links with Russia, based on Mr Trump’s actions
  • Mr Rosenstein had been “absolutely serious” when he discussed secretly wearing a wire to record Mr Trump
  • Mr Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin had told him North Korea did not have the capability to hit the US with ballistic missiles – and, when US intelligence officials contradicted this assessment, responded with: “I don’t care. I believe Putin.”

The White House said Mr McCabe, who was fired last year for allegedly lying to government investigators, had “no credibility”. (BBC)