Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

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

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

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein previous year discussed the possibility of secretly reporting US president Donald Trump, and also talked about getting members of Trump's cabinet to invoke the Constitution to declare him unfit to remain as president, The New York Times reported Friday.

He made the suggestions in the spring of 2017 after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, the newspaper said, citing its sources as people who were briefed on the events themselves or on memos written by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials including Andrew McCabe, who became acting director when Mr Comey was dismissed.

The report comes after an opinion piece, authored by an unnamed Trump administration official, was published earlier this month in the New York Times saying that Cabinet members had "whispered" about invoking the 25th Amendment because of Trump's increasing erratic behavior.

Mr. Rosenstein made the remarks about secretly recording Mr. Trump and about the 25th Amendment in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department and F.B.I. officials.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) warned President Donald Trump against an obvious possible obstruction of justice as Trump hinted at firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a rally late Friday.

"The New York Times story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Rosenstein said in a statement.

Resistance twitter celebrity Seth Abramson relished the prospect, saying that Rosenstein's firing would be the flawless "trap" for Trump.

Because Rosenstein oversees the Russian Federation probe, there was immediate speculation that the memos may have been leaked in order to damage Rosenstein, and by extension Mueller - more than to hurt Trump. "I would never suggest this, but I will tell you, oy, they're so lucky that we're peaceful".

According to The Times, none of Rosenstein's proposals were acted upon and it remains unclear the level of seriousness Rosenstein had when making the suggestions.

Mr Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller as a special counsel and oversees his work. With the chances of Republicans keeping control of the House of Representatives looking increasingly dismal, 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 also went as far as to suggest recording the President's own words within the White House in order to expose what he considered was chaotic behavior by Mr. Trump.

One of the people briefed on the conversation in question, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the interaction, said it occurred during a moment of frustration between McCabe and Rosenstein.

He allowed Republican legislators to review unredacted FBI documents about the Russian Federation investigation and he has been responsive to Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, even as they move to impeach him. Absolutely Shocked! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point? But the reports add fuel to Trump's longstanding claims that his law enforcement agencies are biased against him and determined to undermine his presidency. "But if this story is true, it underscores a gravely troubling culture at FBI/DOJ and the need for FULL transparency".

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