Trump wants to rid Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation of 'lingering stench'

Then-FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe right Attorney General Jeff Sessions second from left and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have been political targets of President Trump

Then-FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe right Attorney General Jeff Sessions second from left and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have been political targets of President Trump

It is noted that Rosenstein voiced the proposal in the spring of 2017 during a meeting with employees of the Ministry of justice after trump fired the FBI Director James Komi. But he did not deny the story's claims that he discussed invoking the 25th Amendment and secretly recording the president.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been reported by the NY Times to have suggested wearing a wire to record President Trump.

Despite efforts to downplay the seriousness of Rosenstein's private comments, it is nearly inevitable that Trump will view this as an opportunity to fire the deputy attorney general and replace him with a political loyalist.

CNN reports that those McCabe memos have been given to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the probe into Russian election meddling.

"Just look at what is now being exposed in the Department of Justice and the FBI", Trump told the Missouri crowd. And I hope that everyone in every agency: "DOJ, FBI, State Department is on that mission". Instead, he has considered an only slightly subtler approach: firing Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe, and replacing him with a political ally who would get rid of the special counsel. "But there's a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that too".

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"Trump is gonna go on a jihad", one former senior White House official said.

Rosenstein asked at the meeting, which also included Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page and four career DOJ officials, according to the senior official.

"If the New York Times reporting is accurate, the president tonight should seriously consider whether Rod J. Rosenstein should remain on the job", Ingraham said.

It was the latest storm to buffet the White House.

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.

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Like I said, it's explosive. In this meeting, Rosenstein again raised the idea of putting a wire on someone to record Trump, the sources said.

Rosenstein denied the NYT story within moments after it broke shortly before 3 pm EST. He added that the information was planted by "anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda".

The reports about Rosenstein created even greater uncertainty about his future at a time when Trump has lambasted Justice Department leadership and publicly humiliated both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "He didn't seem to tape anything, he didn't seem to have gone much further with the 25th amendment talk, so this would not be enough to fire Rod Rosenstein". He also allegedly tried to gather support in the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove the President for being unfit to perform his duties. "The person, who would not be named, acknowledged the remark but said Mr. Rosenstein made it sarcastically".

Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, posted about the story on Twitter and Instagram, saying "we can't let this farce continue".

The events the Times describes came on the heels of Rosenstein's unfortunate participation in Comey's firing.

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The May 2017 meeting was one of two attended by Rosenstein and McCabe, sources said.

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