The New York Times is out with quite a story: It says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein proposed secretly recording President Trump previous year and using the recordings to have Trump ousted from office.
Rosenstein, however, flatly denies it, calling the story "inaccurate and factually incorrect" in a statement. 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 White House did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment on the report, but Trump's eldest son tweeted that "no one is shocked".
Shortly after the Times' story was published, ABC News confirmed the report with their own sources who were familiar with the memos.
President Trump had met with Rosenstein and Sessions to inform them of his plans to relieve Comey of his duties and tasked the former with penning a memo justifying the move.
That person said the wire comment came in response to McCabe's own pushing for the Justice Department to open an investigation into the president. He was apparently disturbed that his memo criticizing Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation had been cited as cause in Trump's sacking of the then-FBI director, and made the suggestion amid the "turmoil" that followed the termination.More news: Claim HMS Endeavour is found, solving one of the great maritime mysteries
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Those making these claims were briefed "either on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe, then the acting bureau director, that documented Mr. Rosenstein's actions and comments", according to the New York Times.
Mr. Rosenstein was just two weeks into his job.
None of his proposals appear to have been acted upon, according to the Times, but the report will nearly certainly increase Trump's ire at the deputy attorney general - and potentially put his job in jeopardy.
"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", Michael R. Bromwich, counsel to McCabe, said in a statement, according to The Hill. "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 F.B.I.at the time of his departure in late January 2018", the attorney noted. "No one is shocked that these guys would do anything in their power to undermine @realDonaldTrump", Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Friday, with a link-out to The Times report.
In the ensuing days, the president and other members of his administration cited the memo to rationalize Comey's ouster, angering Rosenstein, who is said to have grown increasingly anxious his reputation was being sullied by the move. Absolutely Shocked! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point?