Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

US Justice official denies plotting to remove president from White House

US Justice official denies plotting to remove president from White House

"That person said the wire comment came in response to McCabe's own pushing for the Justice Department to open an investigation into the president", continued the report.

Because Rosenstein oversees the Russian Federation probe, there was immediate speculation that the memos may have been leaked in order to damage Rosenstein, and by extension Mueller - more than to hurt Trump.

Mr Trump told a rally in Missouri on Friday evening that there was a "lingering stench" about what was being exposed at the US Justice Department.

The discussion about possibly recording Trump occurred during a meeting with McCabe in May 2017 following Comey's firing.

On Saturday House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said on "Cavuto Live" that Rosenstein should resign if the allegations were true.

A representative for McCabe says no one associated with McCabe shared info on his memos with media.

While Trump has publicly scorned Rosenstein, the president has been every bit as harsh toward McCabe, who was sacked in March amid a watchdog investigation that concluded he repeatedly lied about his involvement in a news media disclosure.

"Andy McCabe is under investigation for lying to the FBI".

In a statement Friday, McCabe's attorneys said they did not know how the contents of the memos were shared with reporters. But after Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the Russian Federation investigation, Trump fumed.

Per the Times, Rosenstein's suggestions came in the chaotic aftermath of Trump's May 2017 move to abruptly fire James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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Trump also trashed the "Democrat party", saying he chooses the name over "Democratic Party" because "why should I make it sound so sweet?"

According to the Times, the deputy attorney general suggested recording his conversations with the president in 2017 and said that invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office could be possible.

Trump often brings up the Justice Department at his rallies.

According to the piece, Rosenstein expressed frustration with how President Trump had relied heavily on the deputy AG's memo documenting James Comey's mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation to fire the FBI director.

The extreme suggestions show Mr. Rosenstein's state of mind in the disorienting days that followed Mr. Comey's dismissal. Comey, meanwhile, has criticized Rosenstein's role in the firing but has said Rosenstein has acted honorably since then.

McCabe was sacked earlier this year, and a grand jury is weighing possible charges against him for allegedly misleading investigators in a leak probe. Although Trumpers have previously lambasted the Grey Lady for reporting drawn heavily from anonymous sources, they were quick to seize The Times' unnamed accounts from the Justice Department as partisan ammunition.

Rosenstein said Friday that "there is no basis" for members of the Cabinet to use the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.

The statement was attributed to "a source who was in the room" and was said to remember the exchange in question. Other sources tell the Times he was serious.

One person present during Rosenstein's remarks said the second-ranking official was being sarcastic.

President Donald Trump appeared to reference a report in the New York Times that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was trying to betray the president to oust him from the Oval Office.

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