According to sources Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talked about wearing a wire around Donald Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment.

By |2018-09-21T17:28:02-08:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |11 Comments

Well, this seems awfully coincidental. 

Courtesy of NYT:

The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.

Mr. Rosenstein made these suggestions in the spring of 2017 when Mr. Trump’s firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director plunged the White House into turmoil. Over the ensuing days, the president divulged classified intelligence to Russians in the Oval Office, and revelations emerged that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to pledge loyalty and end an investigation into a senior aide.

Mr. Rosenstein was just two weeks into his job. He had begun overseeing the Russia 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. But Mr. Rosenstein was caught off guard when Mr. Trump cited the memo in the firing, and he began telling people that he feared he had been used.

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.

It did not take long for Rosenstein to come out and refute this reporting:

“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he said in a statement. “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. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

However, according to the sources, Rosenstein not only confirmed that he was serious about the idea but also suggested the other FBI officials who might be up for Comey’s job also wear a wire just to have a record of how dysfunctional the whole process had become. 

Further casting doubt on Rosenstein’s denial is a remark by the lawyer for former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe which seems to confirm that his notes may have been the source for these revelations:

Mr. McCabe, who was later fired from the F.B.I., declined to comment. His memos have been turned over to the special counsel investigating whether Trump associates conspired with Russia’s election interference, Robert S. Mueller III, according to a lawyer for Mr. McCabe. “A set of those memos remained at the F.B.I. at the time of his departure in late January 2018,” the lawyer, Michael R. Bromwich, said of his client. “He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos.”

Once again it must be reiterated that these were private conversations and that Rod Rosenstein did not act upon his feelings since he did not record his meetings with Trump or recruit officials to start work on invoking the 25th Amendment. 

It seems to me that if Rosenstein said this, that he was likely blowing off steam.

It also feels as if this story is coming out at just the right time to deflect from the coverage of the Kavanaugh hearings, while also giving Trump an excuse to fire Rosenstein and start attempting to derail the Russia investigation. 

And just look how fast Junior jumped on this.

I smell something fishy. 

Update: Here we go.

That fishy smell just got a whole lot stronger.

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  1. Anonymous September 21, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Don’t forget that Rosenstein is Mueller’s boss. If Trump fires Rosenstein, Mueller’s investigation could be ruined.

    • abbafan September 22, 2018 at 6:00 am

      Absolutely right; you know the fat dotard will use any excuse to dismiss Mr. Rosenstein AND Mr. Mueller. However, there is something fishy about the Times’ story. I think that it was “planted” as a deliberate distraction to divert from the Kavanaugh fiasco. Fatso’s deputy director of communications is no other than Bill Shine, who was a chief spin-doctor at Faux. The way that Mr. Rosenstein is denying this story shows that it’s nothing but a steaming pile of GOP elephant shit!!
      ( Apologies to elephants everywhere; they are more intelligent than trumpublicans! )

    • Anonymous September 22, 2018 at 7:22 am

      Nope, the investigation will go forward even without Mueller.

  2. Freckles September 21, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    I suspect either Donnie 1 or Donnie 2 planted this story to distract and deflect from everything else wrong going on in this administration.

    • Beaglemom September 22, 2018 at 6:25 am

      That wouldn’t surprise me at all. It is HIGHLY unlikely that Rosenstein would have seriously proposed any such thing. Rosenstein is an experienced prosecutor.

  3. Anonymous September 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    even I said someone should secretly record Trump and only Putin and omarosa did.

  4. Old Redneck September 21, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I recommend Rosenstein for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Besides, we don’t need secretly recorded conversations to know Trump is crazy as a shithouse mouse . . . just listen to him for 15 minutes.

  5. anon September 21, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    ‘Nadler said on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber, “We know that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein is the lead person in charge of the investigation into the president colluding with the Russians and trying to rig an American election. We know that he’s supervising Special Counsel Mueller. We know that he was instrumental in instigating the investigation into the president for obstruction of justice. We know, the president has told us that he wanted to get rid of Rosenstein, essentially to get rid of that investigation, and if he were to move against Rosenstein now on any pretext that would certainly be further evidence of his participation in an obstruction of justice, because it would be clearly designed to interfere with independence and maybe even the existence of these essential investigations.”’

  6. gimp September 21, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    How in Christ’s name was pirro a judge? She is such a filthy ignorant c$nt.

    • Anonymous September 22, 2018 at 7:23 am

      Isn’t she just a TV judge?

  7. Anonymous September 22, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    He also said it was a joke and said as sarcasm. But that won’t matter. First, Republicans don’t have a sense of humor and don’t understand sarcasm. Second, this is the excuse Trump has been looking for to fire Rosenstein. And you know what that means. Stopping Mueller. And you know what that means. Obstruction. With a Democratic House and Senate? That means Impeachment. You can bet they are running themselves apoplectic trying to head off what is sure to be the end of the Trump dynasty (and the GOP.)

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