Rosenstein spoke of possible secret Trump taping

Rosenstein denies NY Times report that he wanted to wear a wire and invoke 25th Amendment

Rosenstein denies NY Times report that he wanted to wear a wire and invoke 25th Amendment

"The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested previous year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit", the Times reported.

He also suggested that Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe and other officials who were interviewing to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director could also perhaps record Mr Trump, the newspaper reported.

In the New York Times article, Rosenstein states that he suggested to record President Trump to expose the mayhem in the White House.

The New York Times reported that Mr Rosenstein had discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment of the USA constitution, which provides for the removal of a president if he is deemed unfit for office.

McCabe's colleagues allegedly concocted the ruse to bait President Donald Trump into firing Rosenstein ahead of November's midterm elections, the report noted.

Rosenstein's friends, NBC reports, said the controversial man, whom Republicans want to impeach for a purported conflict of interest in the probe of Russian/Trump campaign collusion in the 2016 election, was just "joking".

Rosenstein's comments were first reported Friday by The New York Times.

Mr Trump told a rally in Missouri on Friday evening that there was a "lingering stench" about what was being exposed at the US Justice Department.

The president on Friday night said there was a "lingering stench" at the Justice Department that "we're going to get rid of", though he didn't name names.

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McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said in a statement that his client had drafted memos to "memorialize significant discussions he had with high level officials and preserved them so he would have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions".

Trump has also ordered the release of text messages of FBI and Department of Justice officials relating to the Russian Federation investigation.

The president's declaration on Friday appears to indicate he is willing to let the Justice Department's inspector general - which is already conducting an internal investigation of how the Russian Federation probe has been handled - review the material rather than release it publicly. However Sean Hannity, who has perhaps even more influence with the president than Ingraham or Pirro, said Trump should not do that. "This underscores why the President should be relying on the expertise and advice of intelligence and law enforcement professionals, not cable news hosts", Warner told Reuters via email.

The 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967, created a legal mechanism for designating a head of state when the president is disabled or dead.

Rosenstein issued a second statement not long after the president spoke.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the Times story "must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt goal of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the special counsel's investigation".

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"I believe much of the criticism will fall by the wayside when people reflect on this era and the Department of Justice", said Rosenstein, who did not refer to Trump directly.

Democrats quickly denounced any potential calls for Rosenstein's firing. In a statement, the deputy attorney general called the story "inaccurate and factually incorrect" and said sources behind it were "advancing their own personal agenda".

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