In a bombshell report this afternoon by the New York Times, it has been revealed that multiple anonymous sources working within the FBI and DOJ have come forward to divulge information pertaining to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s actions and thoughts early last year, shortly after he took over the Russia investigation.
Days after President Trump fired James Comey, using Rod Rosenstein’s letter as cover, Mr. Rosenstein made numerous suggestions to those around him that could expose the chaos going on within the White House at the time.
According to the New York Times, in the Spring of 2017, Rosenstein suggested and had discussed with other cabinet members the possibility to force the removal of the President via the 25th Amendment. He also went as far as to suggest recording the President’s own words within the White House in order to expose what he considered was chaotic behavior by Mr. Trump.
The 25th Amendment would allow the removal of the president from office if he is deemed unfit to serve. Section IV of the Amendment reads as follows:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
Those making these claims 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,” according to the New York Times.
ABC News, however, has reported that according one source Rosenstein did in fact suggest secretly recording the President, but did so in a sarcastic manner.
“The statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president,” one source claimed.
None of Rosenstein’s suggestions were implemented, as far as the sources speaking to the Times are aware. The New York Times has reached out to Mr. Rosenstein and received the following denial to these allegations:
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he said in a statement. “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.”