In a stunning scoop that could transform the political landscape in Washington D.C., The New York Times is reporting that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein once proposed secretly recording President Trump and using the evidence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office on the basis of being unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.
Rosenstein made the proposal in the spring of 2017, just after Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey after the law enforcement chief had refused to “pledge loyalty” to Trump.
Speaking to other Justice Department officials and senior FBI figures, Rosenstein was reportedly confident he would be able to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John Kelly, who was chief of Homeland Security at the time, to back his play against Trump.
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The plan obviously came to naught, as Trump is still president even though his behavior has grown more and more erratic and unhinged with every passing day.
The report gives the Trump White House the perfect excuse to fire Rosenstein, which Trump has wanted to do for a long time. Removing the Deputy AG would allow Trump to replace him with someone willing to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and put an end to his investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with agents of the Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
Given the curious timing, the explosiveness of the allegations, and the fact that The New York Times does not have a firsthand source for the allegations it’s fair to question whether or not the Trump team deliberately leaked this information, concocted it entirely or took a sarcastic remark way out of context in order to manufacture an excuse to fire Rosenstein.
In other words, NYT doesn’t have a firsthand source for any of this. The reporters are hearing it from people who heard it from someone else or heard about a memo written about it. pic.twitter.com/1trDa0gFnP
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) September 21, 2018
For his part, Rosenstein has denied all the allegations. “The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. 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.”
Now, the nation watches with bated breath to see how Trump responds.