(CNSNews.com) -- Because of previous news reports and now the revelations of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe that he ordered a counterintelligence investigation of President Trump in May 2017, and that his FBI team, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, discussed secretly wire-recording the president and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office, the government watchdog Judicial Watch is suing the Justice Department.
The purpose of Judicial Watch's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is to obtain "all written and audio/visual records of any FBI/DOJ discussions regarding the 25th Amendment and plans to secretly record President Trump in the Oval Office," stated the organization in a press release.
“It is no surprise that we are facing an immense cover-up of senior FBI and DOJ leadership discussions to pursue a seditious coup against President Trump,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
“This effort to overthrow President Trump is a fundamental threat to our constitutional republic so Judicial Watch will do everything it can in the courts to expose everything possible about this lawlessness," he said.
As Judicial Watch explained, "On February 14, 2019, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe stated in an interview with CBS that 'there were conversations about the possibility of removing Trump under the 25th Amendment and confirming that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had offered to wear a wire around the president.'"
"After President Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey [in May 2017], reportedly top DOJ officials discussed whether to recruit cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office," stated Judicial Watch.
In September 2018, it was reported that Deputy Attorney General "suggested that he secretly record President Trump in the White House in an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment and have President Trump removed."
Although Rosenstein has claimed he was joking about secretly recording the president, McCabe told CBS that Rosenstein was dead serious
“The deputy Attorney General offered to wear a wire into the White House," said McCabe. “He was not joking. He was absolutely serious. And in fact, he brought it up in the next meeting we had."
“Rosenstein said, ‘I never get searched when I go into the White House,'" McCabe stated. "I could easily wear a recording device. They wouldn't know it was there.'"
Constitutional scholar, famed defense attorney, and best selling author Alan Dershowitz said on Feb. 14, "If [McCabe’s comments are] true, it is clearly an attempt at a coup d’état."
"Any Justice Department official who even mentioned the 25th amendment in the context of President Trump has committed a grievous offense against the Constitution," Dershowitz said. "The Framers had in mind something very specific, and trying to use the 25th amendment to circumvent impeachment provisions or to circumvent an election is a despicable act of unconstitutional power-grabbing."