In a bombshell report this afternoon by the New York Times, it has been revealed that multiple anonymous sources working within the FBI and DOJ have come forward to divulge information pertaining to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's actions and thoughts early a year ago, shortly after he took over the Russian Federation investigation.
Rosenstein has denied the report.
Trump has publicly lashed out at both Rosenstein and Sessions ever since, blaming them for fueling what he called a "witch hunt" bent on undermining his administration.
Terrence Antonio James/TNS/Newscom Oliver Contreras/CNP/AdMedia/NewscomFollowing President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly spoke with Justice Department officials about invoking the 25th Amendment.
This would have been in the tumultuous days after James Comey was sacked as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, with the president citing in part a memo penned by Rosenstein.
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"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Rosenstein said in a statement.
He adds, "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment". Rosenstein oversees Mueller's investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and recently secured the cooperation of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The newspaper said its sources also included people who were briefed on memos written by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
In conversations with allies, the report continues, the Deputy Attorney General vowed be would be "vindicated" for memo being pinned on him.
McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said in a statement that his client "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".
One former senior Justice Department official who was in the room when Rosenstein made the remark about recording the president was made tells CBS News, "I remember this meeting and remember the wire comment".
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While McCabe's memos assert both the recording and 25th amendment conversations occurred at a meeting within days of Comey's firing, another person at the meeting, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, insisted the recording comment was said in a moment of sarcasm, and that the 25th amendment was not discussed.
The White House did not immediately comment on the Times story. He was apparently disturbed that his memo criticizing Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation had been cited as cause in Trump's sacking of the then-FBI director, and made the suggestion amid the "turmoil" that followed the termination. Absolutely Shocked! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point?
On Friday, Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., tweeted the Times' story and said: "Shocked!"
Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.
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