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Speculation Swirls That Bombshell NYT Report Was Planted to Sabotage Rosenstein

A bombshell story dropped on Friday reporting that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested he secretly record his conversations with Donald Trump, and discussed trying to having the president removed from office.

The New York Times reported on conversations Rosenstein had with fellow Justice Department and FBI officials in the spring of 2017, amidst the political chaos following Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey.

The Times reported that at the time, Rosenstein suggested he wear a wire to record his conversations with Trump, and also suggested members of Trump’s cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Rosenstein adamantly denied the accuracy of the report and said there’s no basis for invoking the 25th amendment. A spokesperson suggested to the Times that Rosenstein’s comments were sarcastic. On the other hand, Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI who was fired by Trump, and whose memos are a source for the Times story, issued a statement that did not deny the reporting.

The report sent Twitter into a whirlwind of speculation, with many wondering how and why such information was being leaked now, more than a year after the alleged discussions. After all, such a report will fuel the fears from Trump supporters that the FBI and DOJ are working to undermine the president’s administration. Certainly, the report will only amplify calls for his firing.

Many commentators, as such, drew the same conclusion: someone is trying to sabotage Rod Rosenstein.

Sure enough, calls from Trump allies to fire Rosenstein have already gotten underway:

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