A bombshell new report from The New York Times alleges that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein implied to senior officials that he wanted to secretly record conversations he was having with President Donald Trump. The report also claims Rosenstein mentioned the idea of getting members of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Days after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, Rosenstein reportedly discussed wearing a “wire” to record conversations with Trump. He also brought up the idea of convincing Cabinet members to essentially orchestrate a coup against Trump.
The allegations are outlined in memos authored by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired months ago after the DOJ’s Inspector General determined he lied at least four times when asked about leaking sensitive information to the media during the 2016 election.
McCabe claims he does not know how the memos leaked to the Times, but many argue his history of feeding anti-Trump stories to the press says it all.
Here’s the Times report:
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.
None of Mr. Rosenstein’s proposals apparently came to fruition. It is not clear how determined he was about seeing them through, though he did tell Mr. McCabe that he might be able to 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.
It cannot be underscored how explosive it would be if the allegations are true.
Never before in the history of this nation has there been allegations that the Deputy Attorney General discussed wearing a “wire” to secretly record the president and floated the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
Rosenstein released a carefully worded statement denying the Times report, saying he does not believe there’s any basis for using the Constitution to remove Trump.
“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.”
A DOJ spokesperson told the Times that a source said the comment about recording the president was “a joke,” but the outlet claims sources say Rosenstein was dead serious about wearing a “wire.”
This is what conservatives mean when they describe the “Deep State.”
There’s more than enough credible evidence showing that top DOJ and FBI officials have gone to extraordinary lengths to block Trump’s agenda, advance the phony Russia “collusion” theories, and sabotage his presidency from within.
The bigger question about the Times report isn’t whether Rosenstein did record conversations or try to orchestrate a coup. The real question is why.
Why would he wear a “wire” and float the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office?
Many would argue this is another plot from rogue actors to remove Trump from office. This is arguably one of the most chilling reports to come out since Trump took office.