Rod Rosenstein denies that he proposed secretly taping Trump

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

A source who heard Rosenstein's remarks tells CNN that the deputy attorney general was being sarcastic.

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 a year ago, shortly after he took over the Russian Federation investigation. Rosenstein adamantly denied the accusations.

Rosenstein is denying a report in The New York Times that he suggested past year that he secretly record President Donald Trump in the White House to expose the chaos in the administration.

During a May 12 meeting with McCabe, Rosenstein reportedly expressed regret concerning his decision to draft the memo used to justify Comey's firing.

The extreme suggestions show Mr. Rosenstein's state of mind in the disorienting days that followed Mr. Comey's dismissal.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the suggestions in the spring of 2017 after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the newspaper said. "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". The newspaper's sources also included people who were briefed on memos written by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

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McCabe's attorney issued a statement apparently acknowledging that such memos exist. A set of those memos remained at the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of his departure in late January 2018.

McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said he has no knowledge of how his memos were made available. But the Times report could bring the situation to a boiling point. "No one is shocked that these guys would do anything in their power to undermine @realDonaldTrump", Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Friday, with a link-out to The Times report.

While Rosenstein's plans were never enacted, he reportedly told McCabe that he believed he could persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-DHS Secretary John Kelly to lead a movement that would involve using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

In terms of the reaction from the rest of Trump-world: its a mix of disbelief for the the Times, and echoes of Ingraham's call to have Rosenstein fired.

Rosenstein assumed oversight of the investigation into Russian interference and possible coordination between Trump campaign members and Moscow because Sessions in March 2017 recused himself from the matter, citing his service on the campaign.

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