Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rosenstein Floated Secretly Recording Trump, Talked Invoking the 25th Amendment

Rosenstein Floated Secretly Recording Trump, Talked Invoking the 25th Amendment

Unidentified others have been said to discuss it, including an unnamed senior administration official who wrote an Op-Ed for The New York Times.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein a year ago suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump and using the 25th Amendment to forcibly remove him from office, the New York Times reported Friday afternoon.

Rosenstein disputed the reporters' findings.

Rosenstein took issue with the story.

Additionally, sources tell ABC News according to the memos - Rosenstein told McCabe he could recruit members of the president's cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office for being unfit.

The Times cited several people, who were not named, who described the episodes that came in the spring of 2017 after FBI Director James Comey was sacked. The newspaper said its sources also included people who were briefed on memos written by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. That person's identity is unknown to journalists in the Times news department. "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".

Rosenstein assumed oversight of the investigation into Russian interference and possible coordination between Trump campaign members and Moscow because Sessions in March 2017 recused himself from the matter, citing his service on the campaign.

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But others tell the newspaper that Rosenstein was not only serious, he suggested that candidates to replace the newly fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief could record Trump during their interviews.

He chose Mueller for the job one week after he laid the groundwork for the firing of Comey by writing a memo that criticized Comey's handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server. He also said that "based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment".

"I remember this meeting and remember the wire comment", the official said.

'"A set of those memos remained at the the time of his departure in late January 2018", the attorney noted. Rosenstein believed he would be able to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to sign on, according to the sources.

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.

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