In the spring of 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording President Trump in the White House to “expose the chaos consuming the administration.” He also “discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment” to remove Trump from office,” according to an explosive New York Times report.
At the time of his suggestion, Rosenstein was just two weeks into his job and had written a memo critical of then-FBI Director James Comey for his handling of the Clinton investigation. According to the Times, Rosenstein was “caught off guard” when cited that memo as a basis for Comey’s firing.
“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. Several people described the episodes, insisting on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The people were briefed either on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe, then the acting bureau director, that documented Mr. Rosenstein’s actions and comments.”
Rosenstein has disputed the Times and released a statement saying, “The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. 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. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
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