White House Reportedly Told Rosenstein to Issue Stronger Denial of New York Times Story
The White House reportedly told Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to issue a firmer denial of the New York Times bombshell.
In Rosenstein’s first denial he said this and indicated that he would not comment further:
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. 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.”
Yet, hours later he issued a firmer denial stating: “I never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false.”
According to a CNN report, the reason Rosenstein decided to make a further — and stronger — statement was because the White House told him to do so.
Reporting from Missouri, the site of a Trump rally Friday night, CNN’s Kaitlin Collins said that the second statement came after Rosenstein visited the White House after the story broke.
“So there are a lot of questions about why Rod Rosenstein put out that second statement if he said he wasn’t going to comment further, and now, Chris, we’ve learned why,” she said. “That’s because the deputy attorney general made a trip over to the White House today, a pretty brief trip this evening. He met with several officials who consulted with him, telling him he needed to put out a firmer statement than that first statement denying that he had any conversations about wearing a wire to go meet with the president or any conversations about forcibly removing the president from office.”
She added: “So clearly we know this is a president, Chris, who pays close attention to denials when it comes to stories like this. He’s done it in the past with that anonymous op-ed. He paid attention to every official who denied writing it. Rod Rosenstein learned from them. He clearly has paid attention to that. That is why he’s putting out that second statement tonight.”
Watch above, via CNN
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