Rosenstein under fire after shock report he sought to secretly record Trump in effort to oust him

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is denying a report alleging that he floated the idea to secretly record President Trump and invoke the 25th Amendment to forcibly remove him from office.

Rosenstein reportedly made the suggestions in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department officials in the spring of 2017, following the firing FBI Director James Comey, according to sources cited in a report by The New York Times Friday.

Days into his new position, Rosenstein reportedly told then acing FBI director, Andrew McCabe, that he thought he could convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John Kelly to be part of the effort, the Times reported.

According to the Times:

The extreme suggestions show Mr. Rosenstein’s state of mind in the disorienting days that followed Mr. Comey’s dismissal. Sitting in on Mr. Trump’s interviews with prospective F.B.I. directors and facing attacks for his own role in Mr. Comey’s firing, Mr. Rosenstein had an up-close view of the tumult. Mr. Rosenstein appeared conflicted, regretful and emotional, according to people who spoke with him at the time.

 

Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia investigation as Sessions recused himself, slammed the story as “inaccurate and factually incorrect” in a statement disputing the report.

“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he said. “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.”

The Times added:

In the end, the idea went nowhere, the officials said. But they called Mr. Rosenstein’s comments an example of how erratically he was behaving while he was taking part in the interviews for a replacement F.B.I. director, considering the appointment of a special counsel and otherwise running the day-to-day operations of the more than 100,000 people at the Justice Department.

 

McCabe’s attorney, Michael R. Bromwich, also released a statement following the publication of the report.

“Andrew McCabe 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,” the statement read. “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.”

The report sparked deep state theory reactions online and raised more questions than it seemed to answer.

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