Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham strongly disagree over how President Donald Trump should react to unsubstantiated claims by the liberal media that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein once floated the possibility of forcibly removing the president from office.
According to anonymous sources cited by The New York Times, during meetings with other DOJ officials in early 2017 — shortly after then-FBI Director James Comey’s firing — Rosenstein suggested secretly recording the president and using the 2th Amendment to forcibly remove him from office.
Rosenstein has denied these allegations, referring to the Times’ story as “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” This would not be the first time the Times has been wrong. What remains unclear is how the president intends to respond to this news. Ingraham’s argument is that he should respond by terminating Rosenstein immediately.
“If the New York Times reporting is accurate, the president tonight should seriously consider whether Rod Rosenstein should remain on the job,” she said Friday evening on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.” “We just cannot have this plotting at the highest levels of our Justice Department against the chief executive of this executive branch.”
Hannity felt otherwise, arguing on his Fox News program that the Times’ story was a setup designed to harm the president by essentially tricking him into removing Rosenstein.
“Under zero circumstances should the president fire anybody,” he said, adding that it should fall on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take action, not Trump. “These actors tonight — and I have multiple sources confirming this and more information coming — they are hoping and praying that the president does just that.”
“They’re hoping he gets mad, that he gets sick and tired of it, and that they can turn this politically into their equivalent of a Friday Night Massacre,” he added, referring to one of the key events during the Watergate scandal that led to the downfall of then-President Richard Nixon.
If the president were to terminate Rosenstein, the Democrats could argue he’s become unhinged and thus poses a threat to the country. And since Rosenstein played a role in installing special counselor Roberet Mueller, Democrats would also accuse him of obstructing justice.
“The president needs to know that this is all a setup. He needs to know that regardless of whether he steps in or not, and I would argue he should definitely not, the Deep State tonight is crumbling from within at this very hour. They are now turning against each other,” Hannity added.
The New York Observer notes that the very same leftist politicians and pundits who typically lavish praise on the Times have turned against it, accusing it of boasting Trump’s theory of a deep state.
“Matthew Chapman, a board member for Democrats Work For America, speculated online that The Times was ‘being played’ by the Trump administration. One journalist, Marcy Wheeler, pointed to the fact that zero ‘of the people accusing Rosenstein of acting erratically were actual witnesses to his actions,'” the Observer pointed out.
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Should President Trump fire Rod Rosenstein?
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