Rod Rosenstein, the official who appointed Robert Mueller, once proposed secretly taping President Trump and removing him via the 25th Amendment according to a shocking new report from the New York Times.
Wow, if this is true Rod Rosenstein is gone. There is no coming back from this – to be fair Rosenstein denied the allegations and issued a strong response that he does not think Trump should be removed via the 25th amendment.
But the damage is done and Rod will be gone by the end of the week. As reported by The Hill:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein secretly recorded conversations in the Oval Office with President Trump last year and discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump, according to sources familiar with the talks.
The New York Times reports that Rosenstein made comments in the spring of 2017 about secretly recording Trump to other Justice Department officials in meetings, following the firing of FBI Director James Comey by the president.
According to the New York Times:
Rosenstein made these suggestions in the spring of 2017 when Trump’s firing of James Comey as FBI director plunged the White House into turmoil
In the days after Comey was fired, Rosenstein proposed secretly wearing a wire to record Trump. And he suggested invoking the 25th Amendment.
Rosenstein discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to oust Trump in the days after Comey was fired in May 2017. Rosenstein also discussed wearing a wire to secretly record his conversations with Trump.
Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment
In the days after FBI Director James Comey’s May 2017 firing, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed wearing a “wire” to record conversations with President Donald Trump and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, The New York Times reported Friday.
The extraordinary allegations, depicting a panic-stricken No. 2 official at the Justice Department who has been a target of the President in the past, are outlined in memos authored by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to the Times. CNN has not reviewed the memos, but they have been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the matter.
McCabe’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said in a statement to CNN that his client “drafted memos to memorialize significant discussions he had with high level officials and preserved them so he would have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions.”
“When he was interviewed by the special counsel more than a year ago, he gave all of his memos — classified and unclassified — to the special counsel’s office. A set of those memos remained at the FBI at the time of his departure in late January 2018. He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos,” Bromwich added.
Rosenstein shot down the story saying,
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
Breaking News: Rod Rosenstein, the official who appointed Robert Mueller, once proposed secretly taping President Trump and removing him via the 25th Amendmenthttps://t.co/p6Y30OxzRd
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 21, 2018