Rosenstein spoke of possible secret Trump taping

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The New York Times cited several people, who were not named, who described the episodes that came in the spring of 2017 after FBI Director James Comey was sacked.

"The special counsel is not an unguided missile", Rosenstein said in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY in March.

Rosenstein also allegedly said that he considered it possible to recruit the Minister of justice, Jeff and Roman sessions and Minister of internal security of the United States John Kelly (at the time), who now heads the presidential administration to try to dislodge the tramp from his post on the 25th article of the U.S. Constitution, which concerns the ability of the President to perform their duties.

McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said in a statement that his client had drafted memos to "memorialize significant discussions he had with high level officials and preserved them so he would have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions".

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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement: "This story must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt goal of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment", he said. However Sean Hannity, who has perhaps even more influence with the president than Ingraham or Pirro, said Trump should not do that.

"He didn't seem to tape anything, he didn't seem to have gone much further with the 25th amendment talk, so this would not be enough to fire Rod Rosenstein".

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. The White House initially cited that memo as justification for Comey's firing, though Trump later said said he was thinking about "this Russian Federation thing" when he made the move.

However, another source familiar with how the Justice Department officials who attended that later meeting viewed what happened, said their belief was that Rosenstein was being "sarcastic" - noting that there was never any follow-up conversation from Rosenstein or anyone else about it.


Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who was among the Republicans who attempted to impeach Rosenstein, said while Rosenstein denies the story, he should hand over documents and memos to prove his innocence.

Rosenstein allegedly made the remarks in meetings with Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials shortly after the May 9, 2017, firing of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"Rod Rosenstein shld have been fired long ago for being part of the "resistance" and not providing documents to congress in order to save his corrupt pals", she wrote. The New York Times story could be the ominous crack that presages a plunge into the cold abyss. Rosenstein's leading role in the Russian Federation probe came as a result of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from all matters related to the presidential campaign to avoid conflicts of interest.

Rod Rosenstein testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing of Rod Rosenstein for Deputy Attorney General and Rachel L. Brand for Associate Attorney General.


"He solicited others to wear wires, including Andrew McCabe, who was later fired as Assistant FBI Director". That person's identity is unknown to journalists in the Times news department.

Amid calls from conservative media figures for Trump to fire Rosenstein, Democratic leaders have sought to discourage the president from doing so.


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