Andrew McCabe confirms Rod Rosenstein seriously considered wearing a wire during meetings with Trump
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (Shutterstock)

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe confirmed that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein considered wearing a wire during his meetings with President Donald Trump.

Rosenstein reportedly wanted to record his conversations with the president to use as evidence to remove him from office, which a Justice Department official described as "sarcastic" comments, but McCabe told CBS News that those efforts were serious.

"The most illuminating and surprising thing in the interview to me were these eight days in May when all of these things were happening behind the scenes that the American people really didn't know about," said "60 Minutes" reporter Scott Pelley.

"There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment," Pelley added. "These were the eight days from Comey's firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what do with the president."

McCabe, who has written a new book, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump," confirmed that Rosenstein considered wearing a wire, and Pelley said the deputy attorney general was not joking around.

"McCabe in interview says no, it came up more than once and it was so serious that he took it to the lawyers at the FBI to discuss it," Pelley said.