Trump Polled Staff on Air Force One Whether to Fire Rosenstein

Elias Hubbard
September 24, 2018

President Donald Trump on Sunday responded to the New York Times' and other outlets' reporting that, after he fired FBI Director James Comey previous year, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the President and invoking the 25th Amendment to begin a process of his removal from office. He reportedly also whispered to Cabinet officials about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.

Rosenstein vehemently denies the allegations, saying "The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect".

"The statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president", said the former official.

"But there's a bureaucratic coup against President Trump being discovered here".

"Who are we kidding at this point?" he tweeted, above a link to the Times article.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein pauses while testifying before a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Washington.

Asked if there had been discussion of removing Trump via the 25th amendment, Pompeo said "not remotely". Midterm elections are coming up, and it would take time to bring in witnesses who knew exactly what Rosenstein said, he added.

Both articles cite memos written at the time by Andrew McCabe, then the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director, in which he noted Rosenstein discussing the 25th Amendment and wearing a wire.

Rosenstein has been a frequent punching bag for Trump supporters for appointing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017 to take over a federal probe of suspected Russian meddling in the US election and potential coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May 2017 as the special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation.

After securing convictions of seven people associated with Trump, Mueller's probe increasingly threatens the White House and the president himself.

Trump has repeatedly pressured Rosenstein and Sessions to shut down what he calls an illegal "witch hunt".

"He shouldn't fire Rosenstein unless you believe Rosenstein's lying", Senator Lindsey Graham, lately a key ally of the president, said on "Fox News Sunday", as fallout continued from a New York Times report about Rosenstein's conversations.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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