Friday afternoon another ‘anonymous source’ puff piece was released by the New York Times claiming Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last year suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump to expose supposed chaos in the White House and enlisting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein has adamantly denied the false accusations.
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he said in a statement to Fox News. “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 clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
In another statement, Rosenstein said emphatically, “I never pursued or authorized recording the president, and any suggestion that I
have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false.”
But the NYTimes report is sure to roil a White House already suspicious of some elements within the DOJ and FBI, as President Trump complains regularly about the Russia probe he calls a “witch hunt.” Rosenstein oversees that probe.
“I have requested that the Judiciary Committee convene hearings with Mr. Rosenstein, and others who are alleged to have been in the room at the time, in order to ascertain the truth,” said a ststement fromk Rep. Matt Gaetzx, R-Fla., on Friday night. “Needless to say, if these inflammatory and disturbing claims are true, they constitute grounds for Mr. Rosenstein’s immediate removal.”
Congressman Matt Gaetz, who is on the Judiciary Committee, added, “These remarks are an insidious attack on President
I think we can put this fake news story from the NYT to bed.