Just out: Rosenstein proposed secretly recording Trump, invoking 25th amendment

NYT recounted on Friday an aborted mutiny attempt organized by Rosenstein

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9/21/18 – Zero Hedge reports: If this latest revelation from the New York Times doesn’t drive President Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, or convince Congress to impeach him, then we can’t imagine what would.

In a shocking report citing a bevy of anonymous DOJ officials, the NYT recounted on Friday an aborted mutiny attempt organized by Rosenstein, who allegedly tried to organize members of Trump’s cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment to oust Trump from office. In an attempt to persuade the clearly reluctant members of Trump’s cabinet, Rosenstein suggested that he or other officials should secretly tape Trump “to expose the chaos” he said was engulfing the West Wing. According to NYT, the sources were either briefed on Rosenstein’s plans, or learned about it from the files of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired after being disgraced by an inspector general investigation. ABC News, which also reported the story, cited sources familiar with McCabe’s files. A grand jury is also weighing whether to press charges against McCabe for allegedly misleading the inspector general.

Mr. Rosenstein made the remarks about secretly recording Mr. Trump and about the 25th Amendment in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department and F.B.I. officials. Several people described the episodes, insisting on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The people were briefed either on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe, then the acting bureau director, that documented Mr. Rosenstein’s actions and comments.

None of Mr. Rosenstein’s proposals apparently came to fruition. It is not clear how determined he was about seeing them through, though he did tell Mr. McCabe that he might be able to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John F. Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security and now the White House chief of staff, to mount an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment.

According to the NYT, this all happened during the spring of 2017, shortly after Trump cited a letter that Rosenstein had penned criticizing former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton probe as justification to fire Comey. Rosenstein reportedly felt he had been “used” by the president as an excuse to fire Comey. Rosenstein soon began telling colleagues that he would ultimately be “vindicated” for his role in Comey’s firing. Around the same time, he began to express his displeasure with Trump’s handling of the hiring process for Comey’s replacement…

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And, Breitbart reports:

“Wanted to recruit top officials to oust the President.”

“Secret oval office recordings.”

A new report claims Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to secretly tape President Donald Trump inside the Oval Office and wanted to “recruit” top administration officials to oust the president with a vote among Cabinet leaders.

The New York Times writes that Rosenstein shared these plans with “other Justice Department and FBI officials,” all of whom relayed their accounts to the paper anonymously.

During a series of July 2017 meetings with fellow Justice Department and FBI officials, Rosenstein reportedly made the explosive suggestion of recording the president, and while the plot never materialized, he reportedly told then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that he believed it was possible to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to later invoke the 25th Amendment…

READ THE FULL STORY:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-21/rosenstein-suggested-secretly-record-trump-discussed-25th-amendment

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/21/rod-rosenstein-25th-amendment-secret-oval-office-recordings/

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