Published: Fri, September 21, 2018

Rod Rosenstein Wanted 25th Amendment Ouster for Trump, Secret Oval Office Recordings

Rod Rosenstein Wanted 25th Amendment Ouster for Trump, Secret Oval Office Recordings

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein allegedly plotted to secretly record President Donald Trump previous year after he fired FBI Director James Comey; Rosenstein reportedly sought to recruit Trump administration officials who could help him invoke the 25th Amendment to have Trump removed from office.

"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Rosenstein said in a statement to Fox News. "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 told McCabe, who was also later fired by Trump, that he might be able to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John Kelly, the former homeland security secretary and current White House chief of staff, to invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which deals with presidential succession and disability.

Shortly after the Times' story was published, ABC News confirmed the report with their own sources who were familiar with the memos.

A person who was in the room when the comment was made, and provided a statement through the Justice Department, said Rosenstein's comment was "sarcastic" and that he "never discussed any intention of recording a conversation with the president".

On May 9, 2017, Rosenstein penned a memo to Trump recommending that he fire Comey, due to the fact that he was "wrong to usurp the Attorney General [Loretta Lynch]" on July 5, 2016 when he announced he would not recommend Hillary Clinton be prosecuted for alleged offenses related to the presence of classified information on her personal email server.

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.


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.

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.

The news was first reported by the New York Times.

Rosenstein has issued a denial of the Times' report, but its quite clear Ingraham doesn't believe him. Later, Rosenstein, McCabe, along with four other Federal Bureau of Investigation officials met to discuss the White House's plans to replace the newly-removed Federal Bureau of Investigation head.

During a May 12 meeting with McCabe, Rosenstein reportedly expressed regret concerning his decision to draft the memo used to justify Comey's firing. Other sources tell the Times he was serious.

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

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