The liberal New York Times dropped a bombshell on Friday. They reported that the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested secretly recording President Trump in the White House in order to expose him as an unfit president. He also discussed recruiting President Trump's cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russia investigation, and he put Special Counsel Robert Mueller in charge of the probe. He made the plan shortly after James B. Comey was fired as the FBI director.
"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," reported The New York Times.
They added that Mr. Rosenstein didn't detail how he planned on carrying out his plot. However, he did say 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."
Rosenstein wanted to secretly tape the president so that those recordings could be used to invoke the 25th Amendment. That Amendment exists so that a U.S. President can be removed from office if congressional leaders consider him “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” according to Cornell Law School.
Rosenstein released a statement, saying that the New York Times article is false.
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he replied. “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,” he concluded.
It's unclear who is telling the truth. An unnamed Justice Department source said that Rosenstein made the comment sarcastically. Others stand by their assertion that he was serious.
If this is true, it casts the Russia probe in an increasingly biased light. It also shows the level at which President Trump is being targeted—both by the media and from within his own government.
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