Rosenstein spoke of possible secret Trump taping

22 September, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Carlos George
  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

According to an explosive New York Times report Friday, Rosenstein suggested secretly recording the president "to expose the chaos consuming the administration" in meetings with Department of Justice and FBI officials shortly after taking control of the Russian Federation investigation in 2017. Rosenstein told Andrew McCabe, then acing Federal Bureau of Investigation director, that he believed he could persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John Kelly to join this effort, the Times reported.

He said there is also other reports Rosenstein did say such things while meeting with then-Deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe and FBI attorney Lisa Page, but that he was "joking".

"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", he said.

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 past year, shortly after he took over the Russian Federation investigation.

The 25th Amendment allows for the vice president to take over the top job in the event of death, resignation, removal from office or serious impairment that would prevent the president from doing the job. The report, which Rosenstein denied, creates even greater uncertainty for him in his position at a time when Trump has lambasted Justice Department leadership and publicly humiliated both him and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Rosenstein responded to the Times' report by saying it was "inaccurate" and "incorrect".

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"Andrew McCabe 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". (Amazingly, Rosenstein considered calling Comey five days after assisting in his firing in order to seek his judgment about a special counsel.) And people who were with Rosenstein at the time said that his suggestions regarding the 25th Amendment and wearing a wire exemplify "how erratically [Rosenstein] was behaving while he was taking part in the interviews for a replacement F.B.I. director, considering the appointment of a special counsel and otherwise running the day-to-day operations of the more than 100,000 people at the Justice Department". "He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos", Bromwich added. When he announced the move, Trump originally cited Comey's mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement that "this story must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt objective of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation".

"Well, what do you want me to do, Andy, wear a wire?"

In conversations with allies, the report continues, the Deputy Attorney General vowed be would be "vindicated" for memo being pinned on him.

"Before we all decide that the president will accept this at face value, I think we need to contemplate that they've increasingly had a good relationship and the president may see this exactly the way that Rosenstein does", Vance said.

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