Rosenstein's fate could turn on which account Trump believes

Rosenstein's fate could turn on which account Trump believes

Two talk show hosts clashed over the Friday New York Times report that alleged Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein had suggested secretly recording President Trump and removing him from office.

Rosenstein has been a frequent punching bag for Trump supporters for appointing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017 to take over a federal probe of suspected Russian meddling in the us election and potential coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

The person also said that a memo from McCabe describes Rosenstein as referencing the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which says that a president can be declared "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" upon a majority vote of the vice-president and the Cabinet. The newspaper's sources also included people who were briefed on memos written by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attend the Second Annual Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., September 18, 2018.

Reports from other media agencies said Rosenstein's suggestions were jokes and were said sarcastically.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who was among the Republicans who attempted to impeach Rosenstein, said while Rosenstein denies the story, he should hand over documents and memos to prove his innocence. "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 order threatened to fuel further tension between Trump and a law enforcement community he routinely maligns as biased against him and determined to undermine his presidency.

A key issue now is how the White House will respond to the revelations and disputes, as some high-profile conservatives argued the new information justifies firing Rosenstein.

Trump spoke later Friday of a "lingering stench" at the Justice Department, though he didn't name names. The president asked advisers Friday if he should fire Rosenstein, and some of those around Trump sought to sway him not to make any decision Friday night. The Times also said Rosenstein raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump as unfit for office.

Mr. Rosenstein made these suggestions in the spring of 2017 when Mr. Trump's firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director plunged the White House into turmoil.

The news was first reported by the New York Times.

"I remember this meeting and remember the wire comment", a source who was in the room told Fox News.

A Justice Department official who met frequently with both McCabe and Rosenstein said that in the months that followed, Rosenstein never broached either subject - the 25th Amendment or a possible wiretap involving the president.

In a tweet Friday, which has since been deleted, Ingraham implored the president to fire Rosenstein, who also oversees special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russian Federation probe, "today".

After U.S. attorney General Jeff sessions in 2017 recused himself in the investigation with respect to RF interference in U.S. elections, was appointed spectracolor Robert Mueller, who headed the investigation.

Eric Bolling, a former Fox News host who is in contact with the president, said that "if the allegation is true, absolutely fire Rosenstein".

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein in July for what they alleged is his failure to hand over documents to Congress about the Russian Federation investigation.

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