Rod Rosenstein denies that he proposed secretly taping Trump

Rod Rosenstein denies that he proposed secretly taping Trump

He adds, "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment". And indeed, the Justice Department issued a statement from an anonymous official who said that Rosenstein made his proposal to record the president "sarcastically". 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?"

Donald Trump's erratic behaviour is said to be the catalyst for Rod Rosenstein's extreme suggestion.

Trump has long disparaged with the deputy attorney general, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos", Bromwich said.

Pirro, who is one of Trump's favorite Fox News hosts, has used her show to attack Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not protecting the president against Robert Mueller and the Russian Federation probe.

The plan was pondered shortly after Comey was dismissed and a memo from Rosenstein was used to oust him; something that caught Rosenstein off guard and left him feeling used.

Wallace said he views the statement from Rosenstein as "very weak", and written in a "lawyerly" fashion.

A determined Rosenstein began telling associates that he would ultimately be "vindicated" for his role in the matter.

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CNN and others previously reported that McCabe has turned over to Mueller his contemporaneous notes on what Comey told McCabe about his private interactions with Trump, McCabe's own interactions with Trump and McCabe's impressions of meetings with Rosenstein.

In April, CNN reported Trump considered firing Rosenstein in the aftermath of the FBI's raid on the President's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. A handful of politicians and law enforcement officials, including McCabe, were under consideration. The White House also released a memo from Rosenstein criticizing Comey for how he ran the Clinton probe. He said both the process and the administration itself were in disarray, according to two people familiar with the discussion.

During the meeting, the Times says, Rosenstein raised the prospect of donning a "wire", prompting others in the room to inquire if the offer was genuine. One participant asked whether Mr. Rosenstein was serious, and he replied animatedly that he was.

The Times states that Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump and using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office with officials at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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.

"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.

Efforts to declare the president incapable of holding office would have required recruiting members of Trump's own cabinet to the cause.

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