The Times said Mr Rosenstein told Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials the secret recordings could be used to expose the chaos of the administration after revelations that Mr Trump had asked Mr Comey to pledge loyalty to him and also divulged classified information to Russians in the Oval Office.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump previous year at time when the White House had been plunged into chaos after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, according to a New York Times report Friday.
The New York Times report states that Rosenstein made the suggestions after Trump fired Comey and after it had been revealed that Trump sought Comey's loyalty and wanted the investigation into former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, brought to an end.
Trump has always been furious at Justice Department officials, including Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for their handling of allegations that Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation to help him with the presidency and their failure to more fully investigate his allegations that anti-Trump officials within the law enforcement community abused their power to try to frame him. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.
President Donald Trump, 72, has a penchant for firing anyone who he thinks might be conspiring against him.
Some members of the anti-Trump #Resistance went even further, claiming that the Times was colluding with Trump to get Rosenstein fired and calling it " journalistic malpractice" and "propaganda".
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Mr Rosenstein responded sharply to the reports, releasing a statement strongly denying the allegations. "Inaccurate and incorrect", Rosenstein said soon after the bombshell report was posted online by the Times.
"The statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president", said the former official. With all that hanging in the air, Trump has resisted calls from conservative commentators to fire both Sessions and Rosenstein and appoint someone who would ride herd more closely on Mueller or dismiss him.
Rosenstein was under tremendous pressure from Congress to show that both he and the entire Justice Department had not caved to political pressure from the White House. The newspaper said its sources also included people who were briefed on memos written by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
"Look what's being exposed at the Department of Justice and the FBI", Trump told a packed house in Springfield, Mo. Since a clearly biased Rosenstein has been in charge of the Mueller investigation, it must be terminated. "We have great people in the Department of Justice, but you have some real bad ones". Absolutely Shocked! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point?
McCabe was sacked earlier this year, and a grand jury is weighing possible charges against him for allegedly misleading investigators in a leak probe.
More broadly, it's the latest revelation that could affect Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.