secretly recording conversations in the Oval Office withPresident
Trumplast year and
discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the
25th Amendment to remove the president, according toThe
New York Times.
newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter,
reported on Friday that Rosenstein made comments to
other Justice Department officials in meetings in spring
2017 about secretly recording Trump after the president
fired FBI DirectorJames
reportedly made the comments to then-acting FBI DirectorAndrew
McCabe, who detailed Rosenstein's comments in
memos, according to the sources cited by the Times.
the discussions, Rosenstein reportedly floated recruiting
Cabinet secretaries, such as Attorney GeneralJeff
Sessions, and White House chief of staffJohn
Kellybehind an effort to
invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows members of a
president's Cabinet to remove him by majority vote if he is
deemed unfit for office.
Justice Department spokeswoman provided a comment to the
Times from a person who was present for the discussions,
saying Rosenstein's remarks were meant to be taken
issued a statement to the Times.
New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually
incorrect,” he said. “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."
let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings
with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th
Amendment,” he added.
spokesman for McCabe, who was fired this year, declined to
of Rosenstein's alleged discussions about invoking the
25th Amendment follows the publication of an anonymous
op-ed in the Times earlier this month detailing a
"resistance" within the administration dedicated to
"thwarting" the president's "worst inclinations."
op-ed, which included claims that Cabinet officials had
discussed the possibility of utilizing the method of
removing the president, caused swift denials from dozens
of Trump officials in the administration.