Deputy AG once suggested recording Trump, removing him via 25th Amendment

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 21, 2018

Sources familiar with the memos of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe tell ABC News that, according to those memos, during a conversation in May 2017 between McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Rosenstein suggested that McCabe or others wear a wire when speaking with President Donald Trump.

"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Rosenstein said in a statement to Fox News. But let me be clear about this: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment". That person's identity is unknown to journalists in the Times news department.

Rosenstein is a frequent target of Trump's attacks and the story could add to the uncertainty about his future at the Justice Department, despite his denial.

Mr. Rosenstein then raised the idea of wearing a recording device or "wire", as he put it, to secretly tape the president when he visited the White House. "He had begun overseeing the Russian Federation investigation and played a key role in the president's dismissal of Mr. Comey by writing a memo critical of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation".

Rosenstein immediately refuted the accuracy of the Times' report.

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During a May 12 meeting with McCabe, Rosenstein reportedly expressed regret concerning his decision to draft the memo used to justify Comey's firing. "No one is shocked that these guys would do anything in their power to undermine @realDonaldTrump", Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Friday, with a link-out to The Times report.

"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. A set of those memos remained at the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of his departure in late January 2018.

Though none of Rosenstein's efforts apparently materialized, the Times' sources said he hoped to recruit Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly to help invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows for the removal of a president deemed unfit for office. Michael R. Bromwich, a lawyer for McCabe, told the Times his client "has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos".

Rosenstein assumed oversight of the investigation into Russian interference and possible coordination between Trump campaign members and Moscow because Sessions in March 2017 recused himself from the matter, citing his service on the campaign.

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