The U.S. official who oversees the federal investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump a year ago and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke a constitutional amendment to remove him from the White House, the New York Times reported on Friday.
The person also said that a memo from McCabe describes Rosenstein as referencing the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which says that a president can be declared "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" upon a majority vote of the vice president and the Cabinet.
President Donald Trump threatened Friday to rid his own Department of Justice of a "lingering stench," hours after a report that a top official in the department had discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
The New York Times report was met with an unusual welcome by Trump supporters. The Department of Justice has already handed over about 880,000 documents to Congress, but conservatives are seeking more, alleging the Justice Department is hiding information. I've told that to my senior colleagues, I've told it to junior folks at the Central Intelligence Agency, and the State Department; we need everyone who's engaged in helping achieve President Trump's mission.
"You got some real bad ones, you see what's happening at the Federal Bureau of Investigation ..."
Trump spoke later Friday of a "lingering stench" at the Justice Department, though he didn't name names. One of the career civil servants was Scott Schools, who would later go on to sign off on the firing of McCabe, the official said.
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "verbally resigned" to White House chief of staff John Kelly , Axios reported on Monday. The outlet reported that he did so "anticipation of being fired by President ( Donald) Trump ".
Earlier this year, the president publicly denied referring to his deputy attorney general as "Mr Peepers".
16 May 2017 - Mr Rosenstein met Mr McCabe and other senior officials to explain his role in Mr Comey's firing.
"The New York Times' story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Rosenstein said in a statement. Rosenstein was asked in the meeting if he was serious, and he said yes, but he did not mean for the wire comment to be taken seriously as a tactic to investigate Trump, the person said.
Under the 25th amendment of the U.S. constitution, a president can have their power removed and transferred to the vice-president. Republicans filed impeachment articles against Rosenstein because he did not recuse himself from the probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election, even though he had signed an application to conduct electronic surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser.
Many, including Hannity, believed Friday's theatrics were strategic, softening the ground for a "Friday night massacre" following the upcoming midterm elections.
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Paul Rounds, a public defender assigned to represent him, filed paperwork asserting his right to not speak to investigators. Richards was arrested in May 2015 for domestic abuse assault for dragging a woman from his house in a headlock.
Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro, in addition to legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, pushed the president to fire Rosenstein soon after The Times published its story.
It has previously been claimed Mr Trump might consider firing Mr Rosenstein in order to allow him to put greater limits on Mr Mueller. "But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment".
But Hannity said that Trump should "definitely not" move to fire Rosenstein or "anybody" else - presumably a reference to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom Trump has also attacked repeatedly. "It should begin with the firing of Rod Rosenstein".
The May 2017 meeting was one of two attended by Rosenstein and McCabe, sources said.
Trump's son Donald Trump Jr held up the reports as evidence of disloyalty among the president's entourage.
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Several other Ryder Cup golfers will be paired together in the final tournament round before next week's matches in Paris. The cheers were endless, and there was no doubting what was going on. "What an atmosphere it is out there this week".