Rosenstein Talked About Secretly Recording Trump, Cabinet Members Invoking 25th Amendment
The deputy attorney general of the United States, Rod J. Rosenstein, is suggesting that he secretly recorded President Donald Trump inside the White House, according to a bombshell new report coming from the New York Times.
The report claims he discussed recruiting cabinet members in order to invoke the 25th amendment to remove President Trump from office for apparently being "unfit."
The Times says that Rosenstein made the initial suggestions shortly after Trump ordered the firing of former FBI Director James Comey - which led to chaos inside the White House.
Here's what we know: Rosenstein made remarks about secretly recording the president. That in itself is huge. He also has conversations about recordings of discussions of the 25th amendment in other meetings and conversations with the Justice Department and F.B.I. officials.
While nothing happened concerning the conversations yet, the fact that he felt it his duty to do this, just two weeks into his job, is very telling.
More details: Rosenstein spoke with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew G. McCabe, who Trump wanted removed, about his moves. He documented Rosenstein's actions. So, this wasn't entirely done in secret - the president just didn't know initially.
Rosenstein told McCabe that he could possibly persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then secretary of homeland security John F. Kelly, that they could try and invoke the 25th Amendment, the Times reported.
Rosenstein is trying to publicly deflect from the secret recordings now, but according to the Times, a Justice Department spokeswoman is saying that Rosenstein is being sarcastic in his denial. She also provided a statement from a person who said that Rosenstein thought of wearing a wire at the time all of this was going on, further proving what happened.
They have other sources:
"But according to the others who described his comments, Mr. Rosenstein not only confirmed that he was serious about the idea but also followed up by suggesting that other F.B.I. officials who were interviewing to be the bureau’s director could also secretly record Mr. Trump."
What is going on inside this administration!?Surely the Times couldn't and wouldn't have released the bombshell report if they didn't have so many people telling them about the account.
McCabe, for his part, now has a book deal. So, at least on his end, he's being silent now while holding out for some money. We don't necessarily blame him considering President Trump had him fired just days before he was set to received a full retirement pension.
McCabe is said to have entered the White House without having his phone taken from him by officials, which would have made recording the president very easy to do.
This report is the first known instance of a senior member of the administration discussing the 25th amendment internally based on President Trump's actions.