Deputy Attorney General suggested secretly taping Trump

Charlene Craig
September 25, 2018

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump past year as law enforcement agencies grew increasingly unnerved about chaos in the White House, according to people familiar with the exchange.

Trump signaled a slowdown in an interview with Fox News on Thursday, when he said that several close allies had called to raise concerns about his decision to order the release of unredacted documents, which also include text messages of several FBI and Justice Department officials - including former FBI Director James Comey and ex-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, both fired by the president - whom the president has for months personally attacked.

Mr Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as a Justice Department special counsel to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Additionally, sources tell ABC News that, according to the memos, Rosenstein told McCabe he could recruit members of the president's Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit.

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Rosenstein instead spent part of the day in scheduled meetings, including "extended" conversation with Trump about recent news stories.

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Despite unrelenting criticism from the White House on the course of the investigation into Russia's election interference, Rosenstein has offered unqualified support for Mueller.

Mr McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said his client "has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos".

According to The Times, none of Rosenstein's proposals were acted upon and it remains unclear the level of seriousness Rosenstein had when making the suggestions. Rosenstein was given charge of the Mueller's investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself because he served as an adviser to the Trump campaign. But the reports add fuel to Trump's longstanding claims that his law enforcement agencies are biased against him and determined to undermine his presidency. The New York Times says Mr McCabe's memos from around this time note that Mr Rosenstein was upset and wished Mr Comey was still at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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After Rosenstein wrote a memo critical of Comey's handling of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email investigation, Trump used it as a basis for firing Comey.

Eric Bolling, a former Fox News host who is in contact with the president, said that "if the allegation is true, absolutely fire Rosenstein".

He had begun overseeing the Russian Federation investigation and played a key role in the president's dismissal of Mr. Comey by writing a memo critical of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said Rosenstein was speaking sarcastically, and NBC reported likewise.

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".

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Rosenstein has invited the ire of Democrats and Republicans alike.

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