Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Sunday reported talk in the Department of Justice about using the 25th Amendment to oust President Donald Trump “deserves scrutiny” — but doesn’t amount to “some deep state conspiracy.”
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Coons conceded that former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s revelation to be aired Sunday night on “60 Minutes” was “alarming.”
“I don't think that this, frankly, rises to the level of some deep state conspiracy or a serious attempt at what Senator [Lindsey] Graham [R-S.C.] called an administrative coup,” he said. “I suspect that once this is fully discussed, it'll be clearer that this was a brief or passing conversation that's been taken out of context. But it does deserve scrutiny."
On the subject of Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on Friday, Coons said Congress should move to block the resolution.
“The Congress, is going to jealously defend our right to be the body that decides on federal spending, and not let the president use this extreme measure as an end around our appropriations process,” he said.
“Presidents do have emergency powers,” he added. “They can declare national emergencies. But if you look back at the history of that over the last four decades, they've overwhelmingly been done in the face of legitimate national security threats where there was no time or no other means of addressing them.”
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