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Ken Starr: McCabe, Rosenstein Discussing Wearing a Wire, Invoking 25th Amendment Is ‘Appalling’

Craig Millward
By Craig Millward | February 25, 2019 | 12:59 PM EST

Former independent prosecutor for former President Bill Clinton, and author of “Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation,” Ken Starr on with Mark Levin on Fox News "Life, Liberty & Levin." (Screenshot)

Speaking on Mark Levin’s Fox News show “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Sunday night, former independent prosecutor for former President Bill Clinton, and author of “Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation,” Ken Starr said he was both “saddened and angered to read about” former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensein discussing wearing a wire and invoking the 25th Amendment on President Trump, shortly after Trump fired James Comey. 

“I mean, who do they think they are?” asked Ken Starr. “They're part of the executive branch, and the idea of the FBI, with all of its authority, all of its power – and it has an enormous amount of power – turning that power in a direction against a duly elected president of the United States is appalling, unless there was some reasonable ground to believe that the president was engaged in criminal conduct, or that the president had become an agent of a foreign government.”

Speaking on “60 Minutes” last week, former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensein spoke about wearing a wire into the White House and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. 

Below is a transcript between Mark Levin and Ken Starr: 

Mark Levin: “Well, we have the former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, he’s made a lot of news lately with the ‘60 minutes’ interview, and he’s on a celebrity tour, basically, hawking his book on nighttime shows – which is a remarkable thing to me because on ‘60 Minutes,’ from my perspective, he confessed to a cabal over there at the Justice Department that was trying to trigger the 25th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. 

“Clearly they’ve never read it because it’s a complicated amendment. And there’s no role whatsoever for the FBI. And he says, in part, that the reason that he was concerned about this is because the president fired Comey. Well, the president fired Comey, and among those recommending his firing was the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, Mr. Rosenstein. He says, ‘Well, the president asked me.’ You’re the Deputy Attorney General of the United States. You can do it or not do it. 

“And then they talk about the Deputy Attorney General of the United States talking about, he disagrees with this, wiring himself. Wiring himself to do what, to talk to the president of the United States about firing Comey, which he recommended? I must say, I see this as a cabal. I see this as an effort to overthrow a sitting president. I have never seen anything like this. I don't think anything like this has happened in modern American history. I’m curious to know what your take is on it.”

Ken Starr: “I was deeply disappointed, and frankly, I was both saddened and angered to read about it, to hear about now what the recent reports from the former acting director of the FBI. I mean, who do they think they are? They're part of the executive branch, and the idea of the FBI, with all of its authority, all of its power – and it has an enormous amount of power – turning that power in a direction against a duly elected president of the United States is appalling, unless there was some reasonable ground to believe that the president was engaged in criminal conduct, or that the president had become an agent of a foreign government.

“There’s, to me, zero evidence that President Trump, whether one loves him or does not love him, was in any way an agent of any foreign power. He had relationships, obviously, but who doesn't who’s coming into the presidency? 

“But I just think it was an enormously poor judgment on the part of the leadership of the FBI, and it’s really, who do you think you are? You're part of that executive branch, and this is really above your pay grade. At a minimum, that’s the kind of decision – if there was something that seriously wrong in the view of the FBI – they go knock on the attorney general's office, and the attorney general goes and knocks on the counsel of the president’s office. And you do this through regular order, as opposed to, essentially, to runaway cops.”

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