Hours after the New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested a year ago secretly recording Trump at the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, Trump told a packed rally, "Just look at what is being exposed in our Justice Department".
The president on Monday had called for the declassification of highly sensitive records from the Russia probe, including a portion of a secret warrant application to monitor the communications of Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected of being a Russian agent.
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 White House did not immediately react to the reports, and Trump did not respond to shouted questions from reporters about whether he would fire Rosenstein as he arrived in Springfield, Missouri, for a rally.
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 USA election and potential coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
And Rosenstein, the Times reports, thought the president had turned him into a patsy by leaning heavily on a memo he wrote when he swung the axe at Comey.
"We have great people in the Department of Justice". "But there is a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that, too".
McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said in a statement that his client had 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".
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"He solicited others to wear wires, including Andrew McCabe, who was later fired as Assistant FBI Director". The deputy attorney general oversees special counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired in those efforts.
Pending Donald Trump's response to the article.
What might happen to any move to impeach Rosenstein in the wake of the Times report is unknown. Rosenstein had written a memo criticizing Comey's handling of the earlier FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government business.
Mueller's team is investigating, among other things, whether there was any coordination between anyone from his campaign and Russian Federation and also whether there were any efforts by the president or his aides to try to obstruct the investigation.
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.
"I remember this meeting and remember the wire comment", a source who was in the room told Fox News.
The 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967, created a legal mechanism for designating a head of state when the president is disabled or dead.
Hannity, who as of the spring, talked with Trump frequently by phone, addressed remarks directly to the president, saying Rosenstein should be fired "under zero circumstances". Absolutely Shocked! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point? Another Republican close to the White House said in an interview that the communications director, Bill Shine, wanted to gather more information before taking an aggressive stance on Rosenstein.