Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly considered secretly recording conversations in the Oval Office with President Trump last year and discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25th amendment to oust Trump, reports The New York Times.
According to sources familiar with the talks, Rosenstein made comments in the spring of 2017 about secretly recording the president to other Justice Department officials in meetings, following the firing of FBI Director James Comey by the president.
Rosenstein forcefully disputed The New York Times report.
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he said in a statement. “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 be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
According to the Times, a “Justice Department spokeswoman also provided a statement from a person who was present when Mr. Rosenstein proposed wearing a wire. The person, who would not be named, acknowledged the remark but said Mr. Rosenstein made it sarcastically.”