Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly taping Donald Trump a year ago

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Trump pointed to Rosenstein's memo as the justification for firing Comey - even though he later admitted he fired the FBI director in an attempt to shut down the bureau's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Rosenstein initiated discussions about the U.S. Constitution's 25th Amendment, the Times and Post reported.

Dana Perino said new reporting from a senior Justice Department official said that in the 2017 meeting where the comments were allegedly made, Rosenstein was speaking extemporaneously after being challenged by then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

They pointed to the Justice Department's statement suggested that Rosenstein was joking and noted that the deputy attorney general himself denied the report.

Rosenstein reportedly made the comments just two weeks into his job, and after he began overseeing the investigation into Russian election interference.

"Just look at what is now being exposed in the Department of Justice and the FBI", Trump told the Missouri crowd. "Prior to this, I was one of the people telling Trump he should not be removed..." Instead, he has considered an only slightly subtler approach: firing Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe, and replacing him with a political ally who would get rid of the special counsel.

Shortly after The Times report went live, The Washington Post reported that Rosenstein's comments on secretly recording the president may have been said in jest.

"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", he said in a statement to Fox News on Friday.

Asked if wiring the president and talking about the 25th Amendment was "not being on the team", Pompeo said: "Not remotely".

Rod Rosenstein
Image Rod Rosenstein denied the New York Times' allegations

Rosenstein suggested the coup in "meetings and conversations with other Justice Department and F.B.I. officials." and apparently told acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, whom Trump also fired, that he might persuade "Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John F. Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security and now the White House chief of staff, to mount an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment". As the Times makes clear, "None of Mr. Rosenstein's proposals apparently came to fruition".

In a statement Friday, McCabe's attorneys said they did not know how the contents of the memos were shared with reporters.

The president did not mention Rosenstein during his remarks on Friday.

Hannity, who as of the spring, talked with Trump frequently by phone, addressed remarks directly to the president, saying Rosenstein should be fired "under zero circumstances". He also said that "based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment".

The article's headline reads: "Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment".

A key issue now is how the White House will respond to the revelations and disputes, as some high-profile conservatives argued the new information justifies firing Rosenstein.

Donald Trump has spent a lot of time disparaging "fake news" reports from the "failing" New York Times largely based on anonymous sources.

30 May 2018 - United States media report that Mr McCabe handed over a confidential memo on Mr Comey's firing - which reportedly details his conversation with Mr Rosenstein - to the special counsel. Now does it sound like the Opt-Ed by the anonymous person from the White House wrote?

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