Rosenstein denies that he proposed secretly taping Pres

Larry Hoffman
September 24, 2018

But you've got some real bad ones.

"Rod Rosenstein must be fired today", Fox News host Laura Ingrahm wrote on Twitter. Now Trump may have it.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump a year ago as law enforcement agencies grew increasingly unnerved about chaos in the White House, according to people familiar with the exchange.

Some of the details in Mr. McCabe's memos suggested that Mr. Rosenstein had regrets about the firing of Mr. Comey.

To Trump's dismay, Sessions stepped aside from that issue soon after he took office, and it was Rosenstein who then appointed Mueller.

Rosenstein responded to the story in a statement: "The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect".

"I never pursued or authorised recording the president and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false", he added. The person said Mr Rosenstein made the remark sarcastically. Doing so would also take him out of his role overseeing Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into Trump's role in Russian meddling in the election. The official, who spoke anonymously to Politico, called Rosenstein a "straight shooter" and said his repudiation of TheNYT's article was believable.

It has previously been claimed Mr Trump might consider firing Mr Rosenstein in order to allow him to put greater limits on Mr Mueller.

The former official doubted Rosenstein would bring up the 25th Amendment, if only because of how hard it would be to carry out.

Earlier this year, the president publicly denied referring to his deputy attorney general as "Mr Peepers". Other sources tell the Times he was serious. So while people "briefed either on the events themselves or on memos" agree on the content, the person who apparently heard it being said captured a deeper level of context.

"Trump is gonna go on a jihad", one former senior White House official said.

They pointed to the Justice Department's statement suggested that Rosenstein was joking and noted that the deputy attorney general himself denied the report.

With the chances of Republicans keeping control of the House looking increasingly hard, the White House has fixated on keeping the Senate as a bulwark against any Democratic effort to impeach and then remove Trump from office. He and Attorney General Jeff Sessions barely knew one another, and Trump didn't know Rosenstein at all.

According to United States media, the source of the allegations are memos created by former Federal Bureau of Investigation acting director Andrew McCabe, who was sacked by Mr Trump in March this year. Even if he was horrified by Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation, even the most politically unsavvy of people could predict how Trump would use such a document.

Mr Rosenstein had told people he was caught off guard and felt he had been used, according to the Times.

The news was first reported by the New York Times.

Multiple judges have upheld the special counselRobert Mueller's probe, which Rosenstein oversees, as legitimate.

According to a report from the Daily Beast, aides were waiting to see how "volcanic" Trump's reaction would be. "But there's a lingering stench, and we're gonna get rid of that, too".

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