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To have been a good thing, they would have needed to remove Pence too. No Trump and President Pence would be like replacing a rattlesnake with a silent poisonous snake.

From VOA News:
Former FBI Chief: Law Enforcement Officials Mulled Ousting Trump
Last Updated: February 14, 2019 11:34 PM, by Steve Herman

… [Andrew McCabe] a former Federal Bureau of Investigation acting director who says top federal law enforcement officials considered invoking a constitutional amendment to remove the president after he fired then-FBI Director James Comey. 



Andrew McCabe, in a CBS News interview, also said he opened an investigation into the president for fear that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia would be jeopardized if he were fired… 



McCabe was fired by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March 2018, just short of his scheduled retirement, denying the longtime FBI official his full retirement benefits…

Comey, who was handling the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, was dismissed by Trump in May 2017.

McCabe told CBS that officials that month had discussed whether to invoke provisions of the 25th Amendment, which allows a vice president and a majority of the 15 Cabinet members to declare a president incapable of handling the duties of the presidency, making the vice president the acting president.

The officials ultimately did not pursue Trump’s removal. But McCabe, then the No. 2 official at the FBI, said that soon after he discussed Comey’s firing with the president, he ordered the bureau to begin an obstruction-of-justice investigation of Trump and a counterintelligence probe involving his alleged ties to Russia.

In the CBS interview, McCabe said he initiated the investigations to make sure they were firmly implanted should he be forced out.

“I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion,” McCabe told CBS interviewer Scott Pelley, “that were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.”

Manafort case

The comments from McCabe and the forceful administration reaction to them came a day after a federal judge ruled that Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had lied to a grand jury and the special counsel about his interactions in August 2016 with a Russian intelligence operative.

Michael Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, said that while some may question McCabe’s motives, “he set in motion a process that seems to have been well worth considering under the circumstances. The American people depend on Justice Department and other executive branch officials who place loyalty to the rule of law above all else.”

Gerhardt, a leading constitutional scholar, told VOA that “we trust that a system devoted to the rule of law and the idea that no one is above the law will be effective, especially when it is under fire for political reasons.”

The revelation that senior Justice Department officials contemplated calling together Cabinet members consistent with the requirements of the 25th Amendment “is an issue of monumental importance in American history,” according to Bradley Moss, a Washington attorney specializing in national security matters.

‘Extraordinary measure’

“At no time in American history since the passage of the 25th Amendment in 1967 has an actual, formal vote ever taken place to invoke the provisions of that amendment and remove the president from office against his will,” Moss told VOA. “It is an extraordinary measure designed only for the most extreme of circumstances and that will only be viable if the president’s own political allies and appointees were to support it.”….

McCabe, in the CBS interview, which is to air in full Sunday on the 60 Minutes program, confirmed reports from months ago that Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections, considered wearing a wire to meetings with Trump to document their conversations…

While the Justice Department has stated Rosenstein made the offer sarcastically, McCabe claims the suggestion was taken seriously at the time and was discussed more than once.
Ken Bredemeier contributed to this report.

The above was edited to remove BS spouted by Trump and minions. BS was replaced with …. Those who wish to read the removed BS may find the entire original article here: https://www.voanews.com/a/former-fbi-chief-law-enforcement-officials-mulled-ousting-trump/4786859.html

The Trump presidency warranted such extraordinary measures, but government officials and bureaucrats prefer to see the country go down in flames…