Deputy Attorney General made the dramatic suggestion in the wake of James Comey’s firing…
(Chris Sommerfeldt, New York Daily News) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the steward of the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference, proposed wearing a wire to secretly record President Donald Trump last year in order to capture the chaos of his administration and the ineptitude of his presidency, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Friday.
However, the person — whose identity is known to the New York Daily News but who spoke on condition of anonymity — said Rosenstein made the proposal facetiously in a meeting with law enforcement officials shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
“I remember this meeting and remember the wire comment,” the source said. “The statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president.”
But several people who were either briefed on the meetings or read FBI memos about them disputed that assessment.
Those sources told The New York Times that Rosenstein raised the possibility of wearing a wire in the context of recruiting Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office on grounds that he’s mentally unfit to serve.
Rosenstein made the dramatic suggestions in the wake of Comey’s firing.
At the time, Trump had made a number of questionable moves that raised eyebrows in the law enforcement community, including disclosing classified U.S. intelligence during a meeting with Russian government officials in the Oval Office.
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