Trump vows to get rid of 'lingering stench' at Justice Department

Trump vows to get rid of 'lingering stench' at Justice Department

Trump vows to get rid of 'lingering stench' at Justice Department

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.

According to the report, which Rosenstein strongly denied Friday, the deputy attorney general also suggested wearing a wire during encounters with the president while proposing the recruitment of other Trump administration officials to support the president's removal.

While it was unclear what Trump was referring to, a source with knowledge of the matter said Horowitz's office also is conducting a review of the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation on Trump campaign associates' ties to Russian Federation, which began in July 2016. He also initiated discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment, which details how the Cabinet can decide whether a president is no longer able to discharge the duties of the office, one of the McCabe memos said.

That memo was used by the White House as a central justification for Comey's firing, but many law enforcement officials suspected that that was a pretext and that Rosenstein had been manipulated into providing cover for possible obstruction of justice.

Rosenstein has been a frequent punching bag for Trump supporters for appointing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017 to take over a federal probe of suspected Russian meddling in the USA election and potential coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

"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.

"The New York Times' story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Rosenstein said.

But Trump, speaking at a rally in Springfield, Missouri, once again attacked his Justice Department.

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But, he added, "there's a lingering stench, and we're going to get rid of that, too".

He made a similar move in February when the White House, over the objections of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, cleared the way for the Republican-led House intelligence committee to release a partisan memo summarizing details from the Page warrant.

Mr McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said his client "has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos". Rosenstein was given charge of the Mueller's investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself because he served as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

Trump announced on Twitter last month that McGahn would leave the administration this fall, following a bombshell Times article that said McGahn had given over 30 hours of testimony in Mueller's investigation. That person's identity is unknown to journalists in the Times news department.

Mueller's team is investigating, among other things, whether there was any coordination between anyone from his campaign and Russian Federation and also whether there were any efforts by the president or his aides to try to obstruct the investigation.

Rosenstein issued a swift denial. Some Republican members of Congress and hosts on Fox News pointed to the article as a rationale to further look into the claims or fire Rosenstein. Rosenstein had written a memo criticizing Comey's handling of the earlier FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government business. Absolutely Shocked! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point?

This official and a source who was in the room characterized Rosenstein's remark as sarcastic.

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