Rod Rosenstein talked about secretly recording Trump in midst of chaos

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Friday Sept. 21 2018 in Springfield Mo

The New York Times stunned Americans on both sides of the political aisle Friday afternoon, publishing a bombshell exposé that claims Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested "secretly recording" President Trump and using the material to remove him from office. Trump pointed to Rosenstein's memo as the justification for firing Comey - even though he later admitted he fired the FBI director in an attempt to shut down the bureau's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Is there any talk of invoking the 25th Amendment?

There is a lot to chew over in the blockbuster New York Times story about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's erratic behavior in his first few weeks on the job, just after President Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey on May 9, 2017.

McCabe's colleagues allegedly concocted the ruse to bait President Donald Trump into firing Rosenstein ahead of November's midterm elections, the report noted.

He said he would get rid of it just as his administration "had gotten rid of bad people at the FBI".

"There's a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that too", Trump finished.

Michael Bromwich, Mr McCabe's lawyer, said his client had no knowledge of how the memos were made available.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the Times story "must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt objective of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the special counsel's investigation".

The second meeting, later in the day, had more people present, they said, including other senior Justice Department officials and then-FBI attorney Lisa Page.

Rosenstein called the Times story "inaccurate and factually incorrect".

Rosenstein is a frequent target of Trump's attacks and the story could add to the uncertainty about his future at the Justice Department, despite his denial. The Times also said Rosenstein raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump as unfit for office.

More broadly, it's the latest revelation that could affect Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.

Rosenstein's proposals did not ultimately come to fruition, The Times wrote.

Rosenstein denied the NYT story within moments after it broke shortly before 3 pm EST. "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".

"Rod Rosenstein must be fired today", tweeted Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham.

US President Donald Trump campaigns in Missouri on Friday, promising to root out the "stench at the Justice Department".

The president did not mention Rosenstein during his remarks on Friday.

The Times said Mr Rosenstein told Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials the secret recordings could be used to expose the chaos of the administration after revelations that Mr Trump had asked Mr Comey to pledge loyalty to him and also divulged classified information to Russians in the Oval Office.

11 May 2017 - Mr Rosenstein denies that he threatened to quit after being described as a key influence in Mr Comey's firing.

30 May 2018 - United States media report that Mr McCabe handed over a confidential memo on Mr Comey's firing - which reportedly details his conversation with Mr Rosenstein - to the special counsel.

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