Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump and having him thrown out of office


Rumors have abounded for months that Trump has considered firing Rosenstein, though the president said last month they have a "great relationship".

A day later, Trump announced the firing, and White House aides released Rosenstein's memo, labelling it the basis for Comey's dismissal.

A Justice Department spokeswoman also provided a statement from a person who would not be identified and was present when Rosenstein proposed wearing a wire to record Trump, the Times said. To that, Rosenstein responded with what this person described as a sarcastic comment along the lines of, "What do you want to do, Andy, wire the president?"

Another source disputed that.

He said there is also other reports Rosenstein did say such things while meeting with then-Deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe and FBI attorney Lisa Page, but that he was "joking". He reportedly assured the meeting participants that this act would not be hard because White House security had previously not bothered to inspect his cell phone while entering the Oval Office.

In response to the story, McCabe's attorney's issued the following statement to ABC News: "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".

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Multiple officials, who could only speak on the condition of anonymity, said that Rosenstein's comments were documented in memos written by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. "He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos", Bromwich said. Rosenstein asked at the meeting, which also included Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page and four career DOJ officials, according to the senior official. White House officials never checked his phone when he arrived for meetings there, Mr. Rosenstein added, implying it would be easy to secretly record Mr. Trump. One participant asked whether Rosenstein was serious, and he replied animatedly that he was.

"It is not clear how determined he was about seeing them through, though he did tell Mr. McCabe that he might be able to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John F. Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security and now the White House chief of staff, to mount an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment". One of the career civil servants was Scott Schools, who would later go on to sign off on the firing of McCabe, the official said.

Fox News' Chris Wallace doesn't think Rod Rosenstein's denial of the bombshell New York Times report is particularly strong.

"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", the statement continued. The amendment allows for the vice president and majority of Cabinet officials to declare the president is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".

But Democrats and other critics of the president have suggested that any attempt to fire Rosenstein would amount to obstructing the investigation.